Self-Management of Chronic Pain

Young man with a thick beard and serious expression wearing a black t-shirt. The man is standing in a wooded area next to train tracks with a cabose on the tracks in the background.

What would you recommend?

Matt is a 30-year-old Marine Corps Veteran who has been struggling for the past several years with depression, unexplained back pain and headaches, and PTSD. He feels increasingly frustrated and irritable when he gets headaches and his back pain flares, making him short-tempered with his wife and two young children. He is having difficulty coping with his pain and wants to learn more about non-pharmacological approaches to pain management.

What would you tell Matt and how would you implement a Whole Health approach to care?

Our Self-Management of Chronic Pain overview provides additional information about Matt and emphasizes clinician-patient communication and goal setting strategies. You will learn more about cognitive behavioral therapies, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, biofeedback, hypnosis, autogenic training, and other integrative practices. We also offer Whole health tools to help with the self-management of chronic pain below.

EVIDENCED-BASED OVERVIEW ON SELF-MANAGEMENT OF CHRONIC PAIN