What is it?
The Living Well with Pain Course is a course with 5 sessions over 5 weeks for people who experience chronic pain (pain which is experienced for 6 months or more) and who want to find ways to help themselves manage and cope with living with pain.
Who is this suitable for?
Chronic pain affects people’s lives in many ways, not only do they experience constant pain but it usually limits what they can do and it can affect sleep, concentration, relationships and mood. The course is not a treatment or cure for pain but it is suitable for people who want to understand more about pain and the impact it can have and to find out about some strategies that can help them manage pain and lessen the impact it has upon their lives. The course is run by IAPT staff and is mainly a taught course with opportunities for group discussion, although it is for you to decide how much or how little you want to take part in discussions.
How will this help me?
Provide you with lots of information about understanding of the impact of chronic pain.
Learn ways to manage pain and reduce some of the effects it can have on different aspects of your life such as activities, sleep, relationships and mood.
Meet and share learning with other people living with persistent pain.
Topics covered on the course include:
- Understanding chronic pain and its impact
- How to manage activities
- Useful coping strategies for pain
- Dealing with unhelpful thoughts and the emotional impact of living with pain
- Helpful ways of communication about pain to other people
- How to manage pain at its worst
When and where?
All of our courses run for 5 weeks with weekly sessions for 2.5 hours (with plenty of breaks). To get the most out of the course you are encouraged to attend all 5 sessions. Please use our ‘book now’ link to take a look through the venues and dates we have available.
How do I access?
If you would like to attend a ‘Living Well with Pain’ course please use the ‘book now’ link below or call 0114 271 6568 to book your free place. There is also a range of advice and support available, through your GP, your consultant or you can call us to discuss other options available within the IAPT Health and Wellbeing team.
The BIG Pain Course
People who live with pain for longer than six months often describe how it changes everything in their lives. When you live with pain it can affect sleep, concentration, relationships, mood; what you can do, and how you do it.
The Big Pain course wont take your pain away but you will be taught some information that can help you to live well with pain. The course is made up of four larger lectures that describe proven ways to mange the effect that pain has on your life.
We will start with common effects of pain and then talk about some techniques that you can use to reduce muscle tension, worry less, communicate well, and balance getting things done and getting the rest that you need.
To get the most out of this course we will ask you to try out some of the ideas between the sessions. This is not a group therapy; you will not be asked to share your experiences or to speak in front of others, just sit back and listen. You are welcome to bring someone with you so that you can hear the information together.
What does each session involve?
Introduction to the course, talking about the common effects of pain and why it makes us worry, learning how to manage muscle tension.
Learn what to do about worry, thinking about how pain affects what you do, starting to think about what is most important in your life.
How to make the most of what you can do, how pain can affect relationships and learning how to change this, how to get the most out of appointments.
What the doctor says about pain and medication, how pain can affect sleep, managing when pain is at it’s worst, planning what you will do after the course.
How do I access?
If you would like to attend the ‘Big Pain’ course please use the ‘book now’ link below or call 0114 271 6568 to book your free place.