According to PainBC, one in five Canadians live with chronic pain. Chronic pain is defined as:
- Pain that persists greater than 3-6 months
- Continues long after the damaged area has healed
- Is no longer needed for protection
- Is due to pathological and maladaptive changes in the peripheral and central nervous system
Pain is useful when it protects you, but when it becomes chronic, it is no longer helpful. Chronic pain can create difficulties in day to day life, impairing individuals’ abilities to take care of themselves, take care of their home or children, and work.
Our Occupational Therapists can work with individuals with chronic pain to return to their pre-injury life roles, and to the activities that were once enjoyed. This is done through:
- Education on chronic pain, and hurt vs. harm
- Working on calming the nervous system, and re-wiring the brain! With training the brain can change to decrease the “alarm” signals being sent out.
- Gradual increase in physical and functional activities
- Sleep hygiene
We work with our clients to set individualized goals, and design a customized program to achieve them. We also offer the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) for those who the program would benefit.
www.painbc.ca – an excellent resource for those living with chronic pain
www.pipain.com – People in Pain Network. This provides a list of chronic pain support groups throughout B.C.
Check out the various Pain Toolkit videos on YouTube!
If pain has changed everything in your life, then everything in your life can help to change your pain