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Free Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

Rutland, VT: Living with chronic pain can affect every aspect of your life, from your ability to work and maintain relationships to shopping for food and making the bed. In fact, about 100 million Americans are currently living with chronic pain. That number exceeds those living with diabetes, cancer, and heart disease combined.

Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Community Health Team is hosting two free Chronic Pain Self-Management Program sessions starting March 26, 2019 from 1:30pm-4pm and 5-7:30pm at SASH, Templewood Court in Rutland. This is a six week program led by trained, experienced leaders who have experienced chronic pain themselves. These evidence based programs can help those learn ways to reduce pain and deal with related issues like sleep disruption.

According to Krista Neary, Community Health Worker with Rutland Regional's Community Health Improvement, the workshops introduce techniques to mitigate fatigue, isolation and frustration, exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and endurance, as well as tips to better communicate about your pain with family, friends, and healthcare professionals. There is a focus on self-care, and medication management.

The workshops are targeted for people living with chronic pain for more than 3 to 6 months. Some of these chronic pain conditions included are: musculoskeletal pain (neck, shoulder, and back pain), fibromyalgia, postsurgical pain that lasts beyond 6 months, neuropathic pain, and post-stroke pain. It can also benefit those with persistent headache, Crohn’s disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Diabetic Neuropathy or those experiencing severe muscular pain from conditions such as multiple sclerosis. In addition these workshops could also benefit those caring for someone with these medical conditions.

For more information about this free workshop contact Krista Neary, Community Health Worker, at 802.776.5507 or email Registration can be found here>>>

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Rutland Regional Medical Center, founded in 1896, is the largest community hospital and the second largest healthcare facility in Vermont. With a strong patient focus, consistent quality performance, nursing excellence and award-winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County and beyond.


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