Managing Pain Before It Manages You
After completion of the course you’ll be able to:
- Explain what “accepting ownership of your pain” means.
- Differentiate between the physical sensation of the pain and any negative emotional response to the pain.
- Explain how to keep a pain diary.
- Distinguish between acute and chronic pain and describe the processes involved in either of these.
- Describe the role of peripheral nerves, spinal cord, and brain in chronic pain.
- Explain how insomnia, depression/anxiety, and the use of alcohol can exacerbate the pain experience.
- Describe the connection between chronic pain and chronic stress.
- Demonstrate diaphragmatic breathing exercises.
- Describe the basic and advanced relaxation response techniques.
- List three factors that help you keep active while in pain.
- List Ellis’s ten “irrational beliefs” of “rational-emotive therapy.”
- Identify David Burns’ 10 common cognitive distortions that can contribute to negative emotions.
- Explain the role played by learned helplessness and anger/hostility in fostering chronic pain.
- Describe five phases of forgiveness.
- Explain how nutritional therapies can help one cope with chronic pain.
- Describe three basic types of communication problems.
- Differentiate between passive, aggressive and assertive communications.
- Describe effective problem-solving techniques.
- Formulate a plan to cope with various stages of pain.
- Describe some common chronic pain conditions.
To assess the effectiveness of the course material, we ask that you evaluate your achievement of each learning objective on a scale of A to D (A=excellent, B=good, C=fair, D=unsatisfactory). Please indicate your responses next to each learning objective and return it to us with your completed exam.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Beginning to Take Control of Your Pain
Chapter 2: Understanding Pain
Chapter 3: Mind-Body Connection
Chapter 4: The Body-Mind Connection
Chapter 5: The Power of the Mind
Chapter 6: Adopting Healthy Attitudes
Chapter 7: Nutrition and Pain
Chapter 8: Effective Communication
Chapter 9: Effective Problem Solving
Chapter 10: The End of the Beginning
Chapter Appendix A: Common Chronic Pain Conditions