What is the Mindbody Pain Management Program?
The Mindbody Pain Management Program is a 2 hour group session consisting of meditation, deep relaxation, and gently movement.
It is a different approach to managing chronic pain. We emphasize relaxation and comfort over performance. It is not a work hardening or other such program.
Why the focus on relaxation?
Pain leads to physical tension and apprehension. Doing an activity that causes or aggravates pain weakens the motivation to keep exercising. Tension and apprehension may make an exercise even more difficult or painful the next time it is tried.
Do I have to reveal personal information in the group?
During group sessions you are not required to introduce yourself or reveal any personal information to anyone. This is not a traditional group psychotherapy program in which you discuss the nature of your pain and its consequences. Of course, if you wish to chat with a fellow participant or ask questions, you are welcome to do so. We’re sociable but respect your privacy.
What is the Source of These Methods?
The activities in our sessions include training in meditation/relaxation techniques, posture and gentle active exercise. The exercises originate from traditional Asian practices. They have been researched and adapted for this group after many years of personal experience by the instructors, Dr. Jan Carstoniu and Eric H. Reynolds.
Are Patients Pressured to Achieve Results?
Please understand that no requirements are made of you to participate in any of the activities when you attend a session. In fact, we realize that chronic pain can limit all activities including the ability simply to pay attention. Because of this it is your choice to sit, stand or even lie down if necessary at any time during a session. You will be encouraged to rest if you become tired and stop an exercise if it starts to hurt. Much of the instruction provided can be practiced while sitting.
We believe that by showing you how to relax instead of trying harder during an activity you will have less pain and this ultimately allows your performance to improve. Tension and apprehension will decrease as you learn to reap the benefits of being active without increasing your pain.
If you want try our program please click here to get the required medical clearance form.
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