Living with chronic pain is very difficult.
It is common to feel frustrated and depressed because you can't do important activities. You might even be frustrated with your healthcare because you haven't obtained relief from suffering. There may be no cure for many forms of chronic pain. The keys to successful treatment are to be an active participant in your care, learn as much as you can, and develop strategies to manage from day to day. Research has shown that active self-management can help alleviate the distress associated with chronic pain and improve physical function.
The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program will provide you with information about chronic pain and a tool box of self-management strategies. You will be coached and encouraged in developing an individualized action plan to successfully manage your chronic pain through a series of six learning sessions. Each session is taught by a different provider.
The six classes are free and open to individuals, families and caregivers who are affected by chronic pain. You can attend one class or the entire series.
- Six consecutive Tuesdays, beginning September 12 and ending October 17, 2017, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Medical Arts Complex adjacent to BMC. The classes are held in the 6th floor Center for Rehabilitation gym. The program is listed below.
- Six consecutive Tuesdays, beginning November 7 and ending December 16, 2017, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Medical Arts Complex adjacent to BMC. The classes are held in the 6th floor Center for Rahabilitation gym. The program is listed below.
Please register by calling 413-447-3051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program
Understanding Pain, the Impact of Living with and Self-Managing Pain
Deb Renzi, RN, MSN, BMC Pain Clinic
Glenda Boykin, PA, BMC Pain Clinic
How to Achieve Your Personal Goals: Physical Activity, Alternative Medicine, Problem Solving, Treatment, Goal Setting
Thomas VanDeven, DO, Hillcrest Family Health
Jay Meczywor, PT, Center for Rehabilitation at BMC
Resiliency: Taking Back Your Power Mindfully
Mark Kenyon, LICSW, Berkshire Health Systems Wellness Works
Energy, Sleep and Wellness
Jack Ringler, MD, BMC Department of Pulmonology; Medical Director, BMC Sleep Disorders Center
Anxiety, Fear and Control: Learning How to Overcome Uncertainty
Don Scherling, PsyD., BMC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Healthy Lifestyle: Celebrate Small Success
Maureen Daniels, M.Ed, Director, BHS Wellness Program