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Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

Nova Scotia Health offers chronic pain self-management in-person and virtual services and at clinics in locations around the province.


Some of the pain management strategies discussed in our program may include: 

  • Chronic pain and how it affects everyday life
  • Relaxation strategies
  • Ergonomics 
  • Exercises to help increase strength and flexibility
  • Strategies for improving sleep, intimacy, communication, nutrition, and fatigue
  • Strategies for addressing anxious and unhelpful thoughts

Accessing this Clinic, Program or Service

Chronic pain self management programs are offered at the following NSH locations:

sun Apr 14 Closed
mon Apr 15 Closed
tue Apr 16 Closed
wed Apr 17 Closed
thu Apr 18 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
fri Apr 19 Closed
sat Apr 20 Closed

Referral by a physician or primary care provider is required.  For more information about the Persistent Pain Group sessions or the referral process, please contact the program coordinator at 1-800-270-4776 x3312.

Amherst Pain Self-Management Program

Phone: 1-800-270-4776x3312
Fax: 902-755-7322

The Northern Shared Chronic Pain Service offers 9 week interdisciplinary Persistent Pain Groups at each of the four clinics -  Antigonish, New Glasgow, Amherst and Truro.  Sessions are held in the fall, winter and spring.  Referral by a physician or primary care provider is required.  For more information about the Persistent Pain Group sessions or the referral process, please contact the program coordinator at 1-800-270-4776 x3312.

sun Apr 14 Closed
mon Apr 15 Closed
tue Apr 16 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
wed Apr 17 Closed
thu Apr 18 Closed
fri Apr 19 Closed
sat Apr 20 Closed

Referral to the Program by physician or Primary Care Provider is required.  Referrals can be faxed to 902-755-7322


Contact:
Phone: 1-800-270-4776 x3312

The Northern Shared Chronic Pain Service offers 9 week interdisciplinary Persistent Pain Groups at each of the four clinics -  Antigonish, New Glasgow, Amherst and Truro.  Sessions are held in the fall, winter and spring.  Referral by a physician or primary care provider is required.  For more information about the Persistent Pain Group sessions or the referral process, please contact the program coordinator at 1-800-270-4776 x3312.

The pain self-management program is normally held at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, however due to the pandemic we are currently holding the program virtually.

Contact:
Ph: 902-567-8183 option 5

This is a 6 week program held twice per week on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 1:15 to 2:45. It is an interdisciplinary group program where patients learn non-medical ways of managing pain:

  •     Week 1: Impact of Pain on Body & Mind
  •     Week 2: Tension Reduction
  •     Week 3: Energy Conservation
  •     Week 4: Pain & Cognition
  •     Week 5: Activities of Daily living & Goal setting
  •     Week 6: Moving Forward Skillfully

You can refer yourself or you can be referred by a health care provider. In either case, you must call to activate your referral and express interest before you start the program. Your readiness and suitability for the program will be assessed to determine the best way to meet your needs.

Contact

Halifax Pain Self Management Program
Level 4 Room 4008, Pain Management Unit (4G)
Tel: 902-473-5471
Fax: 902-473-4126

The Pain Self-Management Program (PSMP) can help anyone who is ready to take an active part in learning strategies to improve their quality of life and learn non-medicinal ways of managing long-term pain.
 

The PSMP philosophy recognizes that pain affects the whole person (body, mind and spirit). It builds on concepts from psychology, physiotherapy and occupational therapy to introduce strategies that can help people living with long-term pain make positive change possible.

You can benefit from the program if you are eager to: learn more about yourself, learn non-medicinal ways of managing long-term pain, and learn how thoughts, emotions and behaviour can impact your pain. 

You must be willing and open to exploring current pain science and new possibilities in pain management, as well as challenging old attitudes and beliefs. Throughout the group program you will take an active part in learning strategies to improve your quality of life and developing a new plan for living more successfully with long-term pain.

During the sessions, the facilitators present material on by blending lecture, discussion from group participants, and hands-on learning experiences.

  •     Halifax PSMP format:  Sessions are held in the fall, winter, and spring. Please ask the program coordinator about session length and dates. Online and in-person options are available.

You can refer yourself or you can be referred by a health care provider. In either case, you must call to activate your referral and express interest before you start the program. Your readiness and suitability for the program will be assessed to determine the best way to meet your needs.

Contact:

Hants Pain Self-Management Program
Tel: 902-792-2142
Fax: 902-798-9704

The Pain Self-Management Program (PSMP) can help anyone who is ready to take an active part in learning strategies to improve their quality of life and learn non-medicinal ways of managing long-term pain.
 

The PSMP philosophy recognizes that pain affects the whole person (body, mind and spirit). It builds on concepts from psychology, physiotherapy and occupational therapy to introduce strategies that can help people living with long-term pain make positive change possible.

You can benefit from the program if you are eager to: learn more about yourself, learn non-medicinal ways of managing long-term pain, and learn how thoughts, emotions and behaviour can impact your pain. 

You must be willing and open to exploring current pain science and new possibilities in pain management, as well as challenging old attitudes and beliefs. Throughout the group program you will take an active part in learning strategies to improve your quality of life and developing a new plan for living more successfully with long-term pain.

During the sessions, the facilitators present material on by blending lecture, discussion from group participants, and hands-on learning experiences.

  •     Hants PSMP format: This is a 5-session in-person group program of 8 to12 people with long-term pain. It takes place in the afternoons, one session per week for 5 weeks.  The program runs 2-3 times per year.
sun Apr 14 Unavailable
mon Apr 15 Unavailable
tue Apr 16 Unavailable
wed Apr 17 Unavailable
thu Apr 18 Unavailable
fri Apr 19 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
sat Apr 20 Unavailable

Referral to the Program by physician or Primary Care Provider is required.  Referrals can be faxed to 902-755-7322

Contact:

New Glasgow Pain Self-Management Program
Community Health Center, 690 East River Rd, New Glasgow
Phone: 1-800-270-4776x3312
Fax: 902-755-7322

The Northern Shared Chronic Pain Service offers 9 week interdisciplinary Persistent Pain Groups at each of the four clinics -  Antigonish, New Glasgow, Amherst and Truro.  Sessions are held in the fall, winter and spring.  Referral by a physician or primary care provider is required.  For more information about the Persistent Pain Group sessions or the referral process, please contact the program coordinator at 1-800-270-4776 x3312.

sun Apr 14 Closed
mon Apr 15 Closed
tue Apr 16 Closed
wed Apr 17 Closed
thu Apr 18 Closed
fri Apr 19 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
sat Apr 20 Unavailable

Referral by a physician or primary care provider is required.  For more information about the Persistent Pain Group sessions or the referral process, please contact the program coordinator at 1-800-270-4776 x3312.

Contact:

Truro Pain Self-Management Program
Phone: 1-800-270-4776x3312
Fax: 902-755-7322

The Northern Shared Chronic Pain Service offers 9 week interdisciplinary Persistent Pain Groups at each of the four clinics -  Antigonish, New Glasgow, Amherst and Truro.  Sessions are held in the fall, winter and spring.  Referral by a physician or primary care provider is required.  For more information about the Persistent Pain Group sessions or the referral process, please contact the program coordinator at 1-800-270-4776 x3312.

sun Apr 14 Unavailable
mon Apr 15 Unavailable
tue Apr 16 Unavailable
wed Apr 17 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
thu Apr 18 Unavailable
fri Apr 19 Unavailable
sat Apr 20 Unavailable

Referral to the Persistent Pain Program by physician or Primary Care Provider is required.  Referrals can be faxed to 902-755-7322

Contact:

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program 
Tel: 902-538-7102 

The Persistent Pain Program (PPP) is a 10- week interdisciplinary group program made up of 8 to 15 people. The course is on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:30 and lasts for ten weeks. We meet in the Wilson Room at the Western Kings Memorial Health Centre in Berwick (or Virtual with Zoom).

The Yarmouth PMSP is currently suspended due to staffing issues surrounding COVID-19.  Please check back for details.

4th floor, building C
Yarmouth Pain Self-Management Program
Tel 902 742-3542x1460

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