Chronic Pain Ireland has been running our Self-Management workshops since the early 1990’s and these intensive half-day interactive events give a speedy and effective insight into the benefits of self-management in relation to chronic pain.
Like many chronic long-term illnesses there is no immediate cure for Chronic Pain. However, implementing strategies/techniques through self-management can help reduce your pain, improve the quality of your life and puts you, not the pain, in control.
Good Health Literacy is defined as the ability to seek, understand and utilise health information. If you are knowledgeable about your condition, you will be better able to self-manage and also deal with others who do not understand your condition
Our Self-Management events are designed to provide you with the tools to self-manage and better understand your condition. Your physician may not have all the answers or for that matter any answer in treating your condition. It is a very complex health matter to deal with. Pain is invisible. Remember it is not your healthcare professionals’ responsibility to ‘cure’ you. You have to take more responsibility for the management of your condition.
In addition to our workshops, Chronic Pain Ireland has a number of recorded video’s that are available via our online library.
Welcome to our on-line Library where you will find interesting and informative back issues of the CPI Newsletter, some radio interview and also a range of videos.
Strategies Reviewed at Meetings
Values and Choices
Using Medication Appropriately
Using Good Ergonomics
99% of the time on your own – 1% with Healthcare professionals.
Establish baselines for regaining your fitness. Set Goals.
Stress is the body’s response to a threat.
All your attention is on the threat.
Stress releases cortisol which speeds up nerve signals.
Anxiety/negativity sets in.
Catastrophising – Thinking the worst.
Stress and Pain have a strong relationship.
Life – causes stress/anxiety
Understanding more about your condition
Do something you love doing
Do something with meaning
Think of what you can do rather than what you can’t
Fillers – Drainers. Fillers build up reserves. Drainers reduce reserves.
Some years ago, I came across Chronic Pain Ireland and decided to become a member. Throughout my time with Chronic Pain Ireland, I had many opportunities to learn, attend events, take part in research, meet others and knew I could contact the helpline. Thanks to these services, I am now in a position to successfully manage my pain. I am very grateful to CPI for their help, support and direction over the years and and I recommend their services in the highest terms.
A big thank you for great information & relaxation we learnt today, I am tired, in pain but now I have great tools to use from today and it was well worth the effort to attend. Thanks again to all at CPI for providing these courses.
Last Saturday’s course was terrific. It was well-organised, practical and very user-friendly. It was lovely to be able to enjoy a pleasant and useful workshop with a facilitator who understood the needs of chronic pain sufferers.
I have just become a member of CPI. I attended a meeting not knowing how it was going to work out and a bit apprehensive. I have to say that it surpassed my expectations i.e. you are able to take your own pace when trying relaxation techniques and the information I received was very informative. The meeting was just the right length of time and I would look forward to going again.