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STEP 1: Gain Knowledge

A multi-colored diagram in blues and greens showing the first 5 steps of the Pain Care for Life program—Step 1Knowledge and practical instructions are vital to your recovery path.

Read these brief points, then watch the videos to understand more.

With greater understanding, you will make different choices, and you will learn how to make ‘ease of movement’ an effective approach.

  • Persisting pain is related to two things:
    • 1) the changes in your physical body,
    • AND
    • 2) neuroplastic changes in your nervous systems.
  • The nervous systems become sensitized and even hyper-vigilant when pain persists. This can create pain with even small movements and typically-painless stimulation (such as light touch, pressure, cold, and even life stresses).
  • Neuroplastic changes are changeable. We can influence theses through our actions. So there IS hope for improvement.
  • One path to change the nervous systems is to move with more ease, especially when combined with skillfully keeping our body, breath and mind calm.
  • Moving with more ease isn’t just our long term goal, it should be our goal each time we use movement or exercises for recovery.

  • Discuss these points with your health professional
  • Watch the two short videos below (or consider watching the three long Overcome Pain Live Well Again sessions below)
  • Then take the Pain Self Assessment Questionnaire, before you move on to STEP 2: Breathing – the link button to next lesson is at the bottom of this page.

View the videos below:


 

Take our Pain Self-Assessment Questionnaire


These three videos requires Flash, and cannot be viewed from some mobile devices and tablets.

They are a complete ‘Explain Pain +” lecture recorded in 2008 at Vancouver General Hospital
Overcome Pain Live Well Again lecture 1

Overcome Pain Live Well Again lecture 2

Overcome Pain Live Well Again lecture 3

 

 


Click  ‘Next Lesson’ to move one to Step 2.