Pain BC – a nonprofit organization providing help, support and coaching. Pain BC has a free online self-management program and a podcast. Go to the website or phone them at the Pain Support Line at 1-844-880-PAIN
Curable Health – A pain management app developed by a scientific advisory committee. Includes a blog and options to take courses.
- Quick videos explaining pain…
- Understanding Pain in less than 5 minutes
- Why Things Hurt
- Pain Podcasts…
- Tell Me About Your Pain
- Like Mind, Like Body
- Other resources…
- Curable’s Resources
- Curable’s somatic tracking exercise
- Somatic tracking explanation podcast
- Boulder Community Health’s Somatic tracking exercise handout
Mindfulness meditation for pain relief – Guided Practices for Reclaiming Your Body and Your Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Available as a CD or audio download. This is a great option for beginning to a mindfulness practice to aid in managing chronic pain.
Chronic Pain Self Management Programs – These programs are six-week workshops to help people with chronic pain to better manage their symptoms and their daily lives. Check the website for location near you.
Kelty’s Key – developed by Vancouver Coastal health’s Online Therapy program, Kelty’s Key has an online pain management tool that you can work through at your own pace.
Want to know more about brain changes in chronic pain? This is a great review article by Yang and Chang (2019): Chronic Pain: Structural and Functional Changes in Brain Structures and Associated Negative Affective States
My caveat/disclaimer: These resources are not a substitute for professional advice. I have reviewed these resources, BUT I did not create them and do not continuously monitor them. I only include resources I believe to be reliable, but given the nature of the internet, these links or their information may be changed without my knowledge. …so, always read critically, consult with your healthcare provider before making changes to your healthcare plan…and, if you are in crisis, you probably already know to look for help (911, hospital emergency, crisis line 1-800-784-2433) and reach out to someone.