The Pain Self-Management Programme is designed for people who have had pain for a long time (chronic pain).
People with chronic pain may have seen many doctors and consultants, or various professionals and may have had other treatments aimed at alleviating your pain – all of which will have had limited success.
The programme is designed to help you understand more about pain, the factors that influence it and how it affects your life. The Pain Self-Management Programme aims to give you the skills to cope with your pain more efficiently and put you in control of your pain instead of pain controlling you.
- You must be motivated and committed to make changes in your lifestyle and change your attitude towards pain.
- For the programme to be successful you need to be ready to accept that your pain may not be resolved completely.
- You must to be committed to attend all 8 sessions if you are going to benefit fully.
The programme includes:
- Education about pain and its management.
- Effects of stress and relaxation.
- An exercise programme in order to increase your fitness and confidence.
- Goal setting and pacing education to help you return to more normal and more satisfying activities without fear of increasing your pain.
We aim to help you take control of your pain.
Outcomes generally include:
- A better quality of life with increased levels of fitness and physical function
- Less reliance on medication and aids improvement in mood and relationships
- Movement towards the patient’s valued goals.
The Pain Self-management Programme accepts referrals from a General Practitioner. Once we receive a referral you will be sent a letter, information brochure and questionnaire in the mail, which you will need to complete and return.
The Programme Coordinator will contact you to arrange an individual appointment to discuss the questionnaire and what to expect from attending the programme.
The programme is free to attend and you can choose to leave the programme at any time.