Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management
Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management Program is a 13 week series originally offered by Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. This program was derived from John Kabat-Zin's work on mindfulness.
This program is delivered via the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) at various PEFHT sites. Attendees learn the principles of mindfulness meditation, the importance of living in the moment, the power of now, and how these relate to suffering less pain. Mindfulness assists in remaining calmer and more pain controlled despite the challenges of everyday life, such as when interacting with family, friends, colleagues, employers and insurers. This can change the intensity of pain suffering, both emotional and physical, in a very positive way.
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It is the process in which the programs are taught that make them effective. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants' confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.
This program is currently subsidized by OHIP with a physicians referral and is being supported by Living Well Southeastern Ontario to keep program costs at a minimum for participants.
Mindfulness Level 1
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