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:

Webinar - Talking With Your Doctor

A wealth of evidence shows that patients have difficulty communicating with their doctors. Change can be realized through enhancement of communication skills and support to encourage and facilitate the use of these skills.

Webinar - Chronic Pain: Is it all in the Brain?

What changes happen to the brain when a person transitions from acute to chronic pain? Dr. Cervero  discussed these changes and helped us understand that effective therapies must deal with both the cause of the pain and the change in pain perception that happens too.

Dr. Fernando Cervero joined us to explain these changes in pain perception and identified the brain mechanisms that cause them.

This webinar will help you:

Webinar - Empowering Self Management

Empowering Self Management of Pain is a 3-part webinar series with nationally-renowned pain expert, physiotherapist, and yoga teacher, Neil Pearson, to help you better understand the science behind your pain, and learn practical helpful tools for empowering your chronic pain self-management. The workshops are online so you can participate from anywhere with internet access, and they are 100% free!

Through this four part webinar series, you will gain:

Webinar - Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Pain

This webinar series provided an introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practice and its influence on chronic pain.

The full MBSR training is an eight week course developed at the University of Massachusetts that teaches participants to become fully aware of the moment to moment events in their lives . Through the practice of awareness participants learn to identify thoughts and feelings that arise in response to chronic pain. This expanded awareness provides greater options for appraisal and response to the experience of chronic pain.

People living with chronic pain may find themselves thinking about difficult questions about the meaning of their pain and suffering: 

  • Why am I having to deal with all this pain? 
  • Am I being punished? 
  • What’s the point of living if I must put up with pain and suffering for the rest of my life? 

These questions can be tied to even more fundamental questions about meaning that have been traditionally addressed by religion & spirituality – some call them ‘questions of ultimate meaning’: