New Study Proves Benefits of Teaching Patients Self Care, Provider Education Available

A recent study of 263 adults with chronic low-back pain has shown that patients who take a single 2-hour pain relief skills class show clinically meaningful reductions in pain catastrophizing scores at their three-month follow-up visits. The course, Empowered Relief™, includes pain neuroscience education, mindfulness principles, and CBT skills (identifying distressing thoughts and emotions, cognitive reframing, a relaxation response exercise, and a self-soothing action plan).

Empowered Relief™ is an evidence-based, single-session pain class that rapidly equip patients with self-care pain management skills. An online workshop will be held on October 8-9, 2021 to certify practitioners to provide this type of patient education. Developed by pain psychologist Beth Darnall, PhD, this program has been embedded into clinical care pathways at Stanford University since 2013 and was recently expanded after initial successes thanks to funding from the National Institutes of Health. The program is open to clinicians of all disciplines and is intended to enable participants to immediately implement their new skills into their clinic or research study.

Register for the October 8-9 workshop.

MassPI to Hold Pain Education Webinar on Today’s Changing Tide

On October 14, 2021, MassPI will hold their fall pain education webinar, Steering the Course of Pain Management in Today’s Changing Tide. Featuring Keynote Speaker Lynn Webster, MD, in addition to experts focusing on opioid moderatism, pathways for innovation in pain treatment, and leveraging technology to enhance equitable access, the conference offers four nationally certified continuing education credits to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, and social workers.

Register here for the October 14 webinar.

AIHM Wellness Webinar – Whole Body Approach to Low Back Pain

On September 3, AIHM will present Whole Body Approach to Low Back Pain, from their Wellness Webinar series. Joshua Rubinstein, MD, Clinical Sciences chair of the naturopathic medicine program at Bastyr University, will look at some of the major factors contributing to low back pain. This will include an overview of some of the major biomechanical and postural reasons folks develop low back pain.  Dr. Rubinstein will review some of the major exercises he recommends to address these contributing factors. We will also look at nutritional strategies to support connective tissue (joints and skin) throughout the body.

Register for free for the September 3 webinar.