Chronic Pain: Education Series coming to Fort St. James

It can be mild or it can be excruciating. It can be sporadic or constant. It can be inconvenient or completely debilitating.

  • Jan. 20, 2016 6:00 a.m.

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

It can be mild or it can be excruciating. It can be sporadic or constant. It can be inconvenient or completely debilitating.

One in five Canadians suffers from chronic pain and it is especially greater in older adults.

On Jan. 22, a Chronic Pain Education Series will be offered at Stuart Lake Hospital.

Northern Health partnered with Occupational Therapy in Vanderhoof will be offering the series which includes 3-5 minute clips that offer a variety of opportunities for discussion.

Joanne Alexander, a health nurse with Northern Health in Fort St. James, says that the program can really help those with chronic pain overcome many of their obstacles.

“The series also explains how this type of pain can affect the brain,” Alexander said.

Chronic pain can signal pain and remain active in the nervous system for months or even years. This can take both a physical and an emotional toll on a person.

The education series offers ideas and suggestions on how to manage chronic pain and how to live a healthier life,” Alexander said.

The series is formulated by Neil Pearson, a clinical therapist, educator, author, and renowned leader in pain management in Canada.

The series will be held in the conference room at Stuart Lake Hospital on Jan. 22 at 1:00 p.m.

To register call: (250) 996-7178.

For more information on Neil Pearson and chronic pain visit: www.lifeisnow.ca