THE MEDICINE WHEEL:
The Nursing Clinic located at the Judith Fisher Centre.
Email address: LasquetiHealthCentre@gmail.com
Nurse: Dianne McClure RN/MN
Cell: 250-240-5712 | Home: 250-752-7419
Clinic phone (during clinic hours): 250-333-8891
Hours: Drop in Thursday from 11:00am – 3:00pm September/October 2018
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This months article is prompted by my involvement as a volunteer with a self-management for chronic pain program. Unfortunately, over 30% of people worldwide live with chronic pain.
Chronic pain can lead some people to withdraw from life. Others may socialize less and even withdraw from their family. The pain can become the center of their existence while others, with the same condition and symptoms manage to get on with life. They may have to say no to things they used to do but life continues to be full and active. How a person with chronic pain decides to manage his or her condition is the difference between the two extremes. Decides is the operative word here as self -management is always a decision; a decision to be active or a decision to do nothing; a decision to seek help or a decision to suffer in silence This article will look at “pacing” as people with chronic pain typically display one of three activity patterns, overdoing activity, avoiding activity, and pacing activity.
Both the “too much rest group” and the “big push’’ group can improve their situation with a technique called pacing. Pacing is simply strategically balancing rest and activity. It isn’t about avoiding activity but rather regulating it.
The ultimate goal of pacing is to increase your activity to levels that are as near normal as possible on most days. Pacing allows you to accomplish the things you want to. The following are “Ten Pacing Tips” from the book “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain”.
May “pacing” be your motto as we move into an often busy holiday season.