Painmanagement program helps people with quality of life

first_imgMEADOW GLADE — Nine weeks ago, you’d have been hard-pressed to get Shannon Livingood out of bed before noon.The 46-year-old has chronic pain — the result of domestic-violence injuries suffered several years ago. Getting out of bed and being active were often unbearable.“My couch and my bed were my best friends,” the Vancouver woman said.But these days, Livingood is up by 7:30 a.m. She’s dressed, ready for the day and out the door by 9 a.m. She runs errands. She explores the community. She goes to the gym.“I truly want my life back,” Livingood said.And Livingood said she’s well on her way to taking her life back, thanks to a free pain program at the nonprofit Battle Ground HealthCare.Taking Back My Life is an evidence-based, self-management program that provides an alternative to medication for pain management. The dozen or so participants in the nine-week program meet for two hours every Tuesday.Each class has four components — occupational therapy, physical therapy, dietary and mental health — and instructors provide education and tips for managing pain in each of those areas. For example, one class may cover how exercise can change pain, the importance of sleep hygiene, how foods can cause inflammation and pain, and the link between stress and pain.last_img read more