Chronic Pain Workshops

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Pomperaug District Department of Health (PDDH) is teaming up with Heritage Village to offer a free six-week “Live Well With Chronic Pain” program from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., every Tuesday, Jan. 28 through March 3, in the All-Purpose Room at the Activities Building.

Developed by Stanford University, this evidence-based Chronic Pain Self-Management workshop series teaches adults a wide range of skills geared toward managing ongoing pain due to chronic conditions like arthritis, migraines, fibromyalgia, and spinal stenosis. Each session builds upon the prior session, as participants learn:  nutrition and exercise for better health; sleep and relaxation strategies; communication skills to effectively partner with health care providers; goal-setting, problem-solving, action-planning; and medication-management.

At the conclusion of the Live Well series, trained public health professionals will guide workshop participants through online searches of National Institute of Health medical resources, including MedlinePlus, in an effort to reinforce self-management techniques.

Live Well workshops are ideal for people who currently rely on prescription medication to manage pain, as alternative strategies are discussed, and group discussion is encouraged.

All course materials are provided free of charge. Funding for this program is provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required by calling Pomperaug District Department of Health at 203-264-9616, ext. 0.