The control my pain project is an online course which helps those with chronic pain restore their health, comfort and happiness.
The six week holistic pain management program leads you week by week into understanding your pain and how it affects you both mentally, physically and socially. It provides you with resources that you can use to thelp you reduce your pain and improve your attitude towards it.
The program is split into six weeks, but takes around an hour and a half maximum to work through the videos and quizzes. You are then required to put what you have learned into practice for the rest of the week. The aim is that by the end of the program you will have practised each weekly tasks so that they become natural to you.
There is nothing too difficult to digest or to do, the program is pretty easy. It explains everything really clearly and the tasks and quizzes are not difficult to complete.
The program begins by explaining the way our body, mind and what we can physically do are all connected. You are introduced to the biopsychosocial approach to pain management. For this you will learn about how your thoughts and feelings affect both your pain and your social life.
You will learn how things like mindfullness and communication skills can improve your mental and physical health. You will also learn how to practice these alongside relaxation and thought processing techniques.
Each week has video presentations by Pam and Jackie. Jackie is your guide and Pam is a professional in pain management and rehabilitation and has over thirty years experience.
The program is a detailed weekly plan which teaches you why an holistic approach can work, what techniques work and how to put them into use.
Personally, I already use a lot of the techniques described but I did identify some problematic areas that I still have and I am putting what I have learned into practice.
Of the techniques that are offered that I already use I can sincerely recommend them. A lot of people with my condition spend a lot of time in the Accident and Emergency Department. I am convinced that the reason my visits have been more limited is because I know of these techniques. During an attack I am able to control my body’s responses with my mind and relaxation techniques. I truly believe that everything is connected and a calm and relaxed approach can improve your physical condition.
I am sure that if you do not know these techniques you will be able to relate to the opposite effect. Just think to a time when your emotional distress has left you feeling physically drained or in pain. Excessive crying can leave you exhausted and may even give you a headache.
Support and Information
Signing up to the program gives you access to a closed Facebook group and support by e-mail. There is also lots of extra information which supports the program available on the website in the form of a blog and a load of downloadable resources.
If you want to know more you can sign up to a free masterclass in the form of three videos sent by e-mail, this gives you a real feel for the program.
Joining the program gives you the full course and all the resources along with a support group. Full access costs $59, around £45 at the time of posting this.
If you do sign up for the free class or the course, be sure to let me know how you get on and what you think.
Disclosure: I was able to try the course for free in return for my honest review.