Pain Management Programme-Intensive
The PMP-I is an intensive, group based cognitive behavioural pain management programme. It is based on the research evidence and treatment guidelines.
Programme participants can expect to:
- Develop active engagement in self-managing chronic pain
- Improve physical functioning
- Learning to cope with chronic pain
- Develop of a wide range of active pain coping strategies
- Increase their understanding of chronic pain
- Reduce fear about pain, movement and the risk of re-injury
- Reduce reliance on aids, such as sticks, neck braces and so on
- Develop a better understand appropriate medication use and reduce reliance on medications
- Improve functioning in the workplace
- Improve psychological functioning by managing problems such as depression and anxiety
- Improve quality of life
Participants attend the programme from 9am to 4pm five days a week for three weeks. They also attend regular follow-ups post-treatment at one, three and six month intervals.
The programme is conducted by a core team of a medical professional, clinical psychologist, clinical nurse consultant and a physiotherapist. Each day is divided into a number of individual modules. Each module addresses key issues in the management of chronic pain. For example, each day there is a minimum of two hours of a physiotherapist-led activity-based reconditioning programme. There is also daily relaxation/meditation practice. Other modules involve topics such as managing negative thinking, education about appropriate medication use, assertiveness and communication skills, managing pain in the workplace, and relapse prevention.