Physical and Occupational Therapy | Massage Therapy | Physical Activity | Medication | Self-Managment
Podcasts and Videos on Treatment
Utilizing Science, Technology and the Arts to Transform Pain - Prof. Diane Gromala, who has suffered from chronic pain for several decades, 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.
Finding Relief for Chronic Pain – A podcast featuring doctors and patients from UW Medicine Center for Pain Relief on the importance of finding the source of chronic pain and new techniques for treating chronic pain.
Pain Management: Getting to the Root of the Problem - A podcast featuring Dr. Roizen and Dr. Dews, who describe several holistic remedies and treatment options for different types of chronic pain.
The Latest in Treatment for Chronic Pain - A podcast featuring doctors associated with the UW Medicine Center for Pain Relief on recent trends for treating chronic pain.
Chronic Pain Management - A podcast featuring Dr. Gatchel and Dr. Schatman as they answer listener questions, provide resources and share what they are doing to help patients have access to a variety of treatments.
Pain Management in Women over the Life Cycle - This series from University of California explores the management and treatment of pain in women from childhood through maturity.
Physical and Occupational Therapy
Chronic pain treatment may include seeing a physical therapist, which has many benefits. Physical therapy can help relieve chronic pain and stiffness. A physical therapist can increase confidence with exercise, help relax tense muscles and teach you more about your body and movement. Similarly, occupational therapists teach you how to reduce strain on your joints during daily activities while maintaining physical fitness. They will show you how to improve your home and work environments to reduce motions that may aggravate your pain. They also may recommend aid devices for daily activities.
Registered massage therapists are trained in the assessment of soft tissue and joints of the body, and the treatment and prevention of injury, pain and physical disorders.
Physical activity helps improve physical and mental health. It also plays a vital role in the managing you chronic pain. If approached properly, physical activity helps reduce stiffness and pain, increase energy and stamina, improve sleep quality and promote weight loss and long-term weight management.
It’s important to consult your doctor or physical therapist about a routine that is moderate and will strengthen the appropriate muscles in your body. There are many fitness centres and organizations that have exercise programs which target people with arthritis and fibromyalgia. You can also find more information on simple steps to incorporate physical activity into your everyday life.
There is a range of over the counter and prescription medications used for treating chronic pain. It is best to check with your physician as to what is best for you.
Answers about Opioids and Chronic Pain - CIRPD
Opioids: Friend or Foe? Webinar - CIRPD
Pain Medications: A Pharmacist's Perspective Webinar - CIRPD
Living with chronic pain can be challenging. Health professionals and researchers have found that self-care and life skills play vital roles in a person's pain and fatigue management. Taking action to improve physical fitness, reduce stress and improve sleep quality can contribute to the successful management of your condition and can reduce your pain levels. Self-management can give you more control over your life.
The Arthritis Society runs Chronic Pain Self-management Programs all over Canada and the Centre for Aging, University of Victoria runs Self-Management Programs in British Columbia. CIRPD also provides various tips on evidence-based approaches to self-management.
An important aspect of managing chronic pain is staying connected with your family and friends as well as connecting with others who share similar experiences with arthritis.
For services and support groups in British Columbia, check out our BC Consumer Resource Guide
Last Updated: July 7, 2011
Reviewed by: Marc White PhD, Scientific & Executive Director, CIRPD