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Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain

This is a FREE 6-week program for adults of all ages who face the challenges of conditions such as Arthritis, Migraines, Fibromyalgia, and Repetitive Strain Injury, Phantom Limb Pain, Back or Neck Pain, and the list goes on. This peer-led group meets for 2.5 hours a week over 6 weeks.
Head to our Workshop Registration page if you would like to register or inquire about an upcoming workshop.


A Healthy Life & Chronic Pain

From the authors of the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program:

The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) has been developed for people who have a primary diagnosis of chronic pain. Those who have conditions where pain is a symptom and not the primary problem may wish to participate in the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program [see Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions]. Chronic pain conditions that would be appropriate for the CPSMP might include: chronic musculo-skeletal pain (such as chronic neck, shoulder, back pain, etc.), fibromyalgia, whiplash injuries, chronic regional pain syndromes, repetitive strain injury, chronic pelvic pain, post-surgical pain that lasts beyond 6 moths, neuropathic pain (often caused by trauma), or neuralgias (such as post-herpetic pain, and trigeminal neuralgia), and post stroke or central pain. It may also be appropriate for those with conditions such as persistent headache, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel, diabetes with neuropathy, and for individuals who have severe muscular pain due to conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

Participants in the Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain program will receive both a Chronic Pain Self-Management Program workbook, and a Moving Easy Program CD.

The following is an excerpt from the workbook:
Despite the difference in your pain conditions or in what may have caused them, you all have one very important thing in common – living with pain. Learning how to manage pain so that you can get on with living a satisfying, fulfilling life represents a daily challenge for each of you. The CPSMP will give you some tools to help you meet that challenge. This program has been delivered to many people across Canada, the United States, Denmark and Australia who have chronic pain and has been tested in two major scientific studies. The research studies found that, on average, people who have taken the program have more vitality, less pain, less dependence on others, improved mental health, and are more involved in everyday activities compared to people who have not taken the program. As well, they have increased confidence in their ability to manage their chronic pain and other symptoms day to day.

What You Will Learn

This workshop series runs for 6 weeks and each week has a direct focus:
Week 1 – Understanding acute and chronic pain, and action plan
Week 2 – Breathing techniques and muscle relaxation, and physical activity Week 3 – Dealing with emotions, pain management and sleep management Week 4 – Healthy eating, communication, and problem-solving Week 5 – Medication usage and depression management Week 6 – Treatment decisions, working with your healthcare professional, and planning for the future

In this program, four concepts are emphasized:

  1. Each person with chronic pain is different. There is no one treatment or approach that is right for everybody.
  2. There are a number of things people with chronic pain can do to feel better. These things will not eliminate pain, but they will help you to better manage pain, and help you to become more active and more involved in life.
  3. With knowledge and by experimenting, each individual is the best judge of which self-management tools and techniques are best for him or her.
  4. The responsibility for managing your chronic pain day-to-day rests with you, not anybody else. Many people can be of help to you – your family and friends, your health care team. But, in the end, the responsibility for self-management is yours.

Peer Leaders

The aim is to have the workshop series led by peers who have similar chronic conditions, have participated in the series, and who have benefited from the program. If you have participated in the Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions series and would like to become a peer-leader, head to the Become a Peer Leader page.


The Self Management Programs have received motivating feedback from past participants who have learnt the tools and knowledge to make positive changes in their lives. Head to the testimonials page to read more.
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