Juniper Classes

Living Well With Chronic Pain

Learn non-narcotic methods for managing chronic pain and get on with your life.

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About the class

This six-week class meets once a week for two hours and thirty minutes. Each class includes a new topic on how to manage chronic pain. This class is a combination of presentations, discussion, and activities with others who have similar experiences to you. You will learn:

  • Techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, nutrition, pacing activity and rest
  • How to evaluate new treatments

Living Well With Chronic Conditions, also known as Chronic Pain Self-Management Program® is an evidence-based program developed by Stanford University and is managed by the Self-Management Resource Center.

“Living Well with Chronic Pain taught me breathing techniques, how to move in a way that reduces my pain, and, probably most importantly, that I’m not alone in this. Others are experiencing the same thing I am and we can help each other.”

— Living Well with Chronic Pain class participant

Benefits of the class

  • Learn how to make feeling good your top priority
  • Discover strategies for managing your pain
  • Learn how to make weekly action plans
  • Share experiences with others and help each other problem solve
  • Become more involved in your community with your neighbors

Who should take the class

This class is for anyone with a chronic pain diagnosis who want to improve their health and quality of life through managing their chronic pain. It is particularly suited for people who have:

  • Have a primary or secondary diagnosis of chronic pain
  • Experience chronic neck, shoulder, or back pain; fibromyalgia; whiplash injuries; repetitive strain injury; post-surgical pain that lasts beyond 6 months; neuropathic pain (often caused by trauma); or neuralgias (such as post-herpetic pain, and trigeminal neuralgia)
  • May also be helpful for those who experience persistent headache, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetic neuropathy, or those who experience severe muscular pain due to conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

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