Course aims to help manage chronic pain

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Angus residents living with chronic or persistent pain are invited to take part in a free online course to help adults better manage their condition.

‘Pathway Through Pain’ includes education about chronic pain, aids to avoid flare-ups and increase pain tolerance, an introduction to and the setting of personal goals, instruction and practice of simple stretches to improve body condition.

It will also cover meditation and mindfulness techniques, how to challenge unhelpful thoughts, relaxation and sleep.

The programme is easy to use, requires only basic computing skills and consists of 24 video-based modules of around 20 minutes each, which suits people with chronic pain who often complain of poor concentration.

Rhona Guild, NHS Tayside primary care manager, said: “The programme has been available for a few years as one of the chronic pain management options in Angus. Those who have completed the course have reported significant improvements in their health, reductions in disability, anxiety and depression.

“The course is not a cure for chronic pain, but may help participants to feel more in control of their pain and better prepared for flare-ups.”

The course is free for Angus residents or anyone who is registered with an Angus general practice. For further information or to sign up for this programme, e-mail or call the Primary Care Team on (01307) 474889.