Pain science through a lived experience lens
Chronic pain is complex and can be difficult to treat, leaving both patients and clinicians frustrated. To further complicate matters, clinicians who work with people living with pain have limited non-pharmacological options at their disposal.
That’s why we started the Endless Possibilities Initiative. As two women who have lived with pain ourselves, we recognized the need for a new path forward. A path empowers people living with pain knowledge, skills and support that help them make sense of their pain and change their experience.
Evidence-based, non-pharmacological strategies
We deliver customized experiential learning workshops for providers that have been developed to present and discuss pain science and evidence-based pain treatment through a lived experience lens in order to foster better outcomes for patients and providers alike.
Our curricula are developed using the framework of Professor and neuroscientist Lorimer Moseley and physical therapist and educationalist David Butler presented in Explain Pain Supercharged.
Research, and our own lived experiences, has shown that pain science education and empowering patients with self-management strategies is effective at reducing pain, increasing function, and improving outcomes.
These evidence-based strategies can be used alongside or within any treatment paradigm and help get people back to meaningful, purposeful, productive living.
Empowering patients with knowledge, skills and support
Pain science can be especially effective when paired with evidence-based living well strategies that empower patients to have some control over their experience and can lower healthcare utilization and reliance on prescription medications and opioids.
Our facilitators have both lived with pain and experienced treatment from the other side of the table AND have a strong pain science literacy.
We are able to bridge the gap between the science and the experience of pain, offering valuable and unique insights to providers and resources they can utilize to maximize these strategies in their practice.
Let’s Talk Communication
During the workshop we discuss language and communication within the patient-practitioner relationship, including the use of story and metaphor. We touch upon common misunderstandings, misperceptions, and gaps between patient and practitioner and discuss the evidence for words that harm and words that heal.
These workshops are also a unique opportunity to hear the patient voice. This is an opportunity to learn more about what it is like to live with pain, and seek treatment for it, from those who’ve been there. This understanding can help clinicians to set more realistic expectations and foster more effective communication with their patients.
Providers are people too – self-care
During these sessions we also validate the provider experience. As people who’ve lived with pain ourselves and sought care from many providers, we recognize how difficult the job is.
Pain is not easy for anyone. It’s not easy for the people living with pain. It’s not easy for those who love someone living with pain. And it’s not easy for those of you who treat those of us who live with pain.
Pain treatment is hard and admirable work. So it is important that you providers out there care for yourselves, too, so you can continue to care for others.
Who is this for?
These workshops are for any provider who works with people living with pain. This can include primary care physicians, surgeons, MDs, DOs, physician assistants, nurses, mental health professionals, physical therapists, manual therapists, coaches, trainers, integrative health providers, and holistic medicine practitioners.
Let’s explore what we can do together
Our evidence-based curricula are customizable to the group and to your time constraints. Please don’t hesitate to message us, give us a call at 970.235.0607, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further.
Might you be interested in a retreat for providers? Let us know, we may have one in the works!