“Taking Action on Pain” Free Workshop Series Begins September 8 in Ellsworth
August 29, 2016

Ellsworth. Healthy Acadia is excited to offer its first “Taking Action on Pain” workshop, which will begin on September 8, 2016. “Taking Action on Pain” is Healthy Acadia’s name for the Stanford Chronic Pain Self-Management Program. This evidenced-based, chronic pain self-management program is comprised of six, two and a half hour workshops that will be held in the Medical Office Building of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm, beginning September 8 and continuing through October 27, 2016. No workshops will be held on September 15 or October 20.

“Taking Action on Pain” is a free, interactive program that is open to anyone who suffers from chronic pain. The workshops will be facilitated by two Stanford trained leaders, Healthy Acadia’s Elizabeth Lyles and Nina Zeldin. During the workshops, people with chronic pain problems will explore:

• Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation

• Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance

• Appropriate use of medications

• Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals

• Pacing activities and rest

• Decision-making

• Evaluating new treatments

Workshop participants will receive a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Pain and an audio relaxation CD, Relaxation for Mind and Body.

Evidence demonstrates that it is the highly participative process in which the program is conducted that makes it so effective. Participants provide each other with mutual support and share their successes. This helps increase participants’ self-assurance in their ability to manage their health and maintain active, satisfying lives.

Contact Elizabeth at 667-7171 or Elizabeth@healthyacadia.org to register, or for more information about “Taking Action on Pain”.