Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM)
The Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM) program is based on work started 30 years ago at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. MBCPM was developed by Jackie Gardner-Nix M.D., an internationally respected physician and a leader in chronic pain management.
Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management is a 10-week program and has been tailored to accommodate limitations often experienced by chronic pain sufferers. And while the course offers methods that are quite different from the usual procedures, surgeries, and drugs the program clearly is not a replacement for, but rather a complement to, conventional medicine.
Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management trains participants to become aware of thoughts and emotions that affect the pain experience and, in so doing, leverage the healing links between mind and body. More than 2,000 students have successfully completed the course, many of whom now experience considerably less disability and suffering.
While treatments like medication and physical therapy can be enormously beneficial, it’s necessary to take full advantage of the mind’s healing capabilities in order to maximize pain relief. Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management offers a new treatment approach that helps harness the mind’s power to quiet pain and regain control. Mindfulness practice, including stationary meditations, movement meditations, mindful art, and other strategies, encourages:
- Understanding how emotions and thought affect physical symptoms
- Reversing the debilitating effects of some chronic pain conditions
- Preventing pain from becoming chronic or long-term
- Lifting the anxiety and depression that may accompany chronic pain
Dr. Gardner-Nix’s research findings from a trial using MPCPM as an intervention indicate that the course significantly improved participants’ quality of life and reduced “Usual Pain” levels – a widely used measure for assessing pain intensities.
Like Mindfulness at Work™, the Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management course promotes active partnership in participatory medicine, in which patients/clients take significant responsibility for doing a certain kind of interior work in order to tap into their own inner resources for learning, growing, and healing.
# Of Classes: 10 classes offered weekly
Class Length: 1.5 hours
Format: Live, online program