Webinar - Utilizing Science, Technology and the Arts to Transform Pain

Prof. Diane Gromala, PHD provides an overview of the exciting potential of new technologies and interaction design in helping to improve the lives of people who live with long-term chronic pain.

Webinar - Yoga for People in Pain

Yoga can be a useful technique for controlling pain levels and increasing movement and function in your body. There is current research that shows specific benefits of therapeutic yoga for certain groups of people in pain. Neil Pearson has become one of the leading voices in using yoga specifically with people who suffer from pain.

In this webinar, attendees will:

Webinar - Psychological Factors in Pain

While pain is not all in your brain, we do know from research that depression and other mental health issues can be directly related to chronic pain suffering.

Dr. Ingrid Federoff walked us through some of the important ways that pain and psychology are connected and provided some valuable tools to help us manage your pain.

Webinar - The Biopsychosocial Model

What is the biopsychosocial  model of understanding and treating pain? What benefits can this model have for helping to reduce my pain levels? These are questions that will be answered by Dr. Caprio in this webinar.

Attending this webinar will help you:

  • Identify what the biopsychosocial model has to do with pain and why it matters
  • Describe the connection between the stress response, the HPA axis and pain
  • List 7 ways to lessen the debilitating effects of the pain experience
Webinar - Myths and Facts about Sleep and Chronic Pain

In this webinar, Dr. Fleming described the control of normal sleep and explained some evidence-based strategies to maintain a normal sleep-wake rhythm. The findings from a variety of studies addressing the intricate, reciprocal relationship between pain and disturbed sleep were reviewed. Dr. Fleming also discussed the known mechanisms whereby pain disrupts sleep, and disturbed sleep exacerbates pain. Finally, the webinar explored the bio-psycho-social interventions that have been shown to effectively modulate pain and improve sleep.

Webinar - Out-Thinking Pain

Psychological factors have an important influence on pain perception. Both in the clinic and in experimental settings, it has been shown that distraction reduces pain. Further, negative emotions increase pain, while positive emotions decrease it. Other more complex psychological states also affect the way we feel pain. For instance, empathy for another person who is suffering increases our own pain experience, and expectation of pain relief underlies much of the placebo effect.

This workshop was a webinar and occurred online. Click to watch the presentation.

This webinar featured Neil Pearson, a physiotherapist and pain educator. Neil spoke about how to build hope by working towards self-management and recovery based on some of the latest research on pain management.

This webinar provided:

Webinar - Mindfulness Strategy

"Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction as a Strategy in Reducing Pain", with Linda Turner, RN, PhD. This webinar provided an introduction to the power of mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) as a simple technique that can improve overall wellness and help manage chronic pain. MBSR is based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD., an internationally renowned expert in mindfulness meditation and author of many books, including Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness. This webinar provided:

This workshop was a webinar and occurred online. Presentation recording coming soon.

Dr. Pam Squire, MD, CCFP Squire took us on a guided tour of the resources offered in the Pain Toolbox which is co-authored by a collaborative of Canadian pain specialists, researchers and people living with pain.

Note: Presentation is not yet available online for this webinar.

With Dr. McGowan's permission, hand-outs from his presentation are available for download.

We have also provided links to some of the resources discussed in the presentation and in the Q&A: