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Free, local resources for people with chronic pain

If you have chronic pain, you can still live your life to the fullest. Here are two local resources that can help.

Chronic Pain Self-Management

“Chronic Pain Self-Management” (CPSM), offered by the Healthy Living program at LifePath, is an evidence-based program that has been researched and proven to have positive results for participants.

Healthy Living workshops are free to participants. CPSM helps people build self-confidence to assume an active role in managing their chronic pain by exploring:

  • The root cause of pain
  • The mind/body connection, including distraction and relaxation techniques
  • Techniques for dealing with difficult emotions, stress, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep
  • Appropriate exercise
  • Strategies on healthy eating, weight management, and nutrition
  • Pacing activity and rest
  • Appropriate use of medications and evaluating new treatments
  • Effective communication with family, friends and health professionals

Workshops are highly interactive, provide mutual support and build participants’ confidence to manage their pain and remain active. Caregivers and family members are also welcome in the program.

The CPSM workshop series meets once a week for six weeks. For more information and a calendar or upcoming sessions, visit LifePathMA.org/events/healthy-living-workshops or contact Healthy Living Program Manager Andi Waisman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 413-773-5555 x2297 or 978-544-2259 x2297.

Pain Pals of Franklin County

“Pain Pals of Franklin County” is a free chronic pain support group that meets weekly in the community from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at Valley Medical Group. The group is led by Terry Desautels, a former medical social worker who is also experiencing chronic pain after a severe trauma, a near fatal accident.

Pre-registration is required. If you’re interested in attending, call Terry at 413-659-3143 for an interview or more information.

The Pain Pals support group offers people who are experiencing chronic pain the chance to meet with others who live with chronic pain, in a safe and supportive environment. Discussion topics are relevant to life with pain.