Chronic Pain Program
Pain is exhausting
You don’t really understand what “chronic pain” means until you experience it. Suddenly your life revolves around your pain. Normal daily activities, like walking, bending, and lifting, become hardships. Even the simplest movements--things you once took for granted--become 100% harder.
Chronic pain impacts more than your body. Your entire quality of life--mental and physical--goes down as pain management becomes all you think about, every day and every hour. It’s no wonder chronic pain has huge psychological impacts. Those who suffer from chronic pain are at high risk of stress, tension, anxiety, and depression.
Pain is in your nervous system
Or more specifically--it’s in your brain. Nerve impulses from your body tell your brain that you’re experiencing pain. Some pain management treatments and medications try to prevent these pain signals from traveling to the brain. They don’t fix the pain -- they just make it more bearable. And pain medications introduce their own problems, like unwelcome side effects, interactions, and dependency.
Pain can be trained
Our alternative approach to managing chronic pain is based on the principle of neuroplasticity. Your pain signals are like well-worn pathways in your brain. Instead of blocking these signals, you can change the way your brain interprets them. You literally retrain your brain to feel less pain. The result is less pain, greater mobility, and better quality of life.
How it works -- and it does work! Our Chronic Pain Recovery Program has four parts designed to help you achieve a life with less pain:
Part 1. Consultation
Your body is unique, which is why we’ll tailor your program to fit you. You’ll meet with one of our doctors to discuss which of our classes and services will be best for you. Our team will guide and support you through the entire program. (Pre-paid physician fee applied to cost of program with enrollment).
Part 2. Movement Classes
Feldenkrais. Don’t let the name scare you! Feldenkrais is a movement therapy that uses small, slow, incremental motions to retrain how your body moves. It isn’t a stretch or workout -- it’s a painless therapy that you can even do from a chair. Practiced regularly, Feldenkrais will rewrite pain pathways in your brain, helping you move more easily with less pain.
Yoga. You don’t have to take yoga right away -- you can work up to it. Our gentle classes for pain relief will help improve your flexibility and range of motion. Pain makes us want to stay still, but being sedentary only roots pain deeper in our bodies. Moving in new ways will break you out of old, painful patterns of movement. Suddenly you’ll be doing things you never thought you could!
Part 3. Bodywork
A growing body of research shows that massage is effective at relieving chronic pain. Massage works from the outside in to address pain at its root cause. The site of pain causes strain in many other parts of the body, which is why our massage therapists use a holistic approach, focusing on the body as a connected system.
Part 4. Nutrition
There is no such thing as a “chronic pain diet,” but there are foods that worsen inflammation and foods that relieve it. Our health coaches will meet with you to discuss how your diet might be impacting your pain and help you make small changes or substitutions to improve how you feel.