The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) was developed for people who have a primary or secondary diagnosis of chronic pain. Pain is defined as being chronic or long term when it lasts for longer than three to six months, or beyond the normal healing time of an injury.
Some examples of chronic pain conditions are: chronic musculo-skeletal pain (such as neck, shoulder, back pain, etc.), fibromyalgia, whiplash injuries, chronic regional pain syndromes, repetitive strain injury, chronic pelvic pain, post-surgical pain that lasts beyond six months, neuropathic pain (often caused by trauma), or neuralgias (such as post-herpetic pain and trigeminal neuralgia) and post stroke or central pain.
The CPSMP may also benefit those who have conditions such as persistent headache, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome or diabetic neuropathy. It may also help those who experience severe muscular pain due to conditions such as multiple sclerosis.
Research studies found that, on average, people who have participated in the CPSMP have more vitality or energy, less pain, less dependence on others and improved mental health. They are also more involved in everyday activities and are more satisfied with their lives compared to those who have not taken the program. Learn more
The six-week Program is taught by trained community health educators for 2.5 hours a week. Each session is held in community-based sites and provides older adults with:
- Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep.
- Appropriate exercises for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance.
- Appropriate use of medications.
- Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals.
- Pacing activity and rest.
- How to evaluate new treatments.
For more information visit Stanford Chronic Pain Self-Management Program