Music for Pain: When Kumbaya Doesn’t Cut It
Using Music Therapy to manage pain
Music therapists often work with people living with pain - both acute pain and chronic. While many people with chronic pain say that they’ve already tried listening to music to help with pain and “it doesn’t work”, a certified music therapist can help you use music to ease anxiety, increase relaxation, and work through your pain.
Music Therapist, Katherine Wright, says pain patients need to match the intensity of their pain with music intensity. This means that if you’re really uncomfortable, listening to a song like Kumbaya will be a major irritant. Instead, she suggest angry rap music, heavy metal, intense classical music (such as Mozart when he wrote his own Requiem…thinking he was about to die), or heavy-duty dance music.
Once you have been listening to that music for a few minutes you can reduce the intensity to something that’s a little less intensive, such as “Moves like Jagger” or the first movement of a Mozart symphony. Then after that you might feel like listening to a ballad, or slow classical music. It’s very individual and it has to be music that you find pleasant. Once you match the intensity of your pain with intense music, then you can gradually decrease the intensity of the music, and choose slower, more mellow songs until you get to the really relaxing stuff.
September 22 - 24, 2017
Join BC Children's Hospital Department of Psychology, UBC’s Department of Pediatrics and Anesthesia, Pain BC and the Arthritis Society for an educational event focused on best practice pediatric pain management.
Using lectures and case-based breakout sessions, the program will provide a holistic and multidisciplinary perspective on the management of children’s acute, complex/chronic pain, and on the prevention and management of chronic post-surgical pain.'
The symposium is designed for all health care providers (e.g. physicians, nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists, social workers, and occupational therapists) to enhance expertise in the field of pediatric pain assessment and management.
Health sciences students and residents are particularly encouraged to attend to build their skills early in their careers in chronic pain assessment and management in children and teens.
People living with pain and their families and friends are also welcome to attend. There is a free/by donation evening talk on September 22 that is specifically for the general public.
Therapeutic Yoga for Pain Management Certificate Program
Langara College's 80-hour certificate program is designed to bridge the chasm between modern pain science and yoga in an academic setting.
This program was developed specifically for yoga teachers and healthcare providers to advance their knowledge in the field of pain management through the application of yoga techniques, philosophies and practices. Students will learn to conduct group classes and individual sessions with a focus on restorative yoga and therapeutic breathing for pain management, and mindfulness based stress reduction techniques.
Opioid Guidelines Webinar from the Chronic Pain Network
Join CPN June 29th at 11 am PDT for a live one-hour webinar presentation by Dr. Jason Busse
In this presentation, Dr. Jason Busse will summarize the 2017 Canadian Guideline for opioids in the management of chronic non-cancer pain. Specific topics of discussion will be the guideline’s recommendations, management of both financial and intellectual conflicts of interest, incorporation of patient values & preferences, and strategies to optimize the interpretation of evidence.
Meeting number (access code): 669 722 260
Meeting password: SR4hegUc
Self-Management Programs for People in Chronic Pain
CHANGEpain is offering the following upcoming private-pay programs
Psychology to CHANGEpain: Pain & Depression
With Dr. Tony Le Page, Registered Psychologist
July 5 - 26 2017
Wednesdays, 3-4:15pmClick here to registerPsychology to CHANGEpain: Pain & Anxiety
With Dr. Judy Le Page, Registered Psychologist
July 6 - 27, 2017
Thursdays, 3-4:15pmClick here to register
For more on CHANGEpain's self-management courses, visit CHANGEpain.ca
UPCOMING WEBINARS: IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CIRPD
Jul 5, 2017 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
Dr. Diane Gromala-Canada Research Chair and Professor in the School of Interactive Art and Technology, Simon Fraser University
This webinar features Professor Diane Gromala, a technology expert who has suffered from chronic pain for several decades. She will discuss the potential of diverse technologies and interaction design in helping to improve the lives of people with long-term chronic pain. Register Now.
Mindfulness for Cancer Survivors Living with Chronic Neuropathic Pain
August 8, 2017 - 11:00 am PDT
Patricia Poulin, Ph.D., C.Psych. - Clinical, Health and Rehabilitation Psychologist, The Ottawa Hospital, Pain Clinic
Dr. Poulin will discuss recent research on the
role mindfulness can play in managing pain intensity, pain catastrophising, and depression for cancer survivors living with chronic neuropathic pain. Learn More
August 14, 2017 - 4:00 pm PDT
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and disability. There is increasing knowledge of factors associated with recovery and these are largely psychosocial in nature, with some biological aspects. This webinar will build your knowledge of knowledge of motor vehicle crash epidemiology and identify strategies to assist recovery. Learn More
September 26, 2017 - 11:00 am PDT
More details and registration coming soon....
Pain BC is a program partner for the Chronic Pain Webinar Series hosted by the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability.
UPCOMING PAIN BC & PARTNER EVENTS
OVERCOMING CHALLENGING RELATIONSHIPS: USING THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIPS TO PROMOTE NEUROPLASTIC CHANGE IN CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS
July 12, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
This webinar will teach health care providers how to navigate the the strong emotions of patients while building the relational aspects of care.
PEDIATRIC PAIN SYMPOSIUM
September 22-24, 2017
Join BC Children's Hospital Department of Psychology, UBC’s Department of Pediatrics and Anesthesia, Pain BC and the Arthritis Society for an educational weekend on best practice pediatric complex/chronic and acute pain management. Includes a free public talk on Friday September 22.
CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP FOR CHIROPRACTORS | VANCOUVER
September 22-24, 2017
This workshop is for Chiropractors interested in developing or enhancing sound clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of people living with complex and chronic pain.
BEST PRACTICE PAIN MANAGEMENT FOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS | VICTORIA
Oct 20, 2017 - 9:00am to Oct 21 2017 - 5:00pm
This workshop is for Occupational Therapists interested in developing or enhancing sound clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of clients living with complex and chronic pain.
CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT FOR REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPISTS | VICTORIA
Oct 21 2017 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
This one-day, in-person workshop for Registered Massage Therapists will provide knowledge and practical skills to better treat clients living with persistent pain.