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’:

Assistive Tools and Techniques to Ease Chronic Pain - Part 1 of 2

Everyday things like shopping, cooking, cleaning, driving, and washing and dressing yourself can cause a lot problems and frustration for people living with pain. Join Susan Schellink, OT, and Linda Cundiff, OT, on Thursday January 16th at 11am-noon (PST) for "Assistive Tools and Techniques to Ease Chronic Pain" - an interactive 2-part online seminar on practical ways you can better navigate your environment at home, at work, or out in your community.

Prescription medication is only one of many pain management tools, and for most people, needs to be supplemented by a variety of other strategies.  If you choose to incorporate medication into your pain management tool box, it is important to be well informed.

Patients living with chronic pain often have difficulty communicating with their doctors and other health care practitioners. The right communication skills can make a huge difference in your interaction with, and the treatment you receive from, your healthcare team.