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Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Programs

Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Programs

The American Chronic Pain Association provides information on chronic pain rehabilitation programs.

The Hardest Pill to Swallow

A TED Talk by Tracy Jackson, MD, of Vanderbilt University, on interdisciplinary chronic pain rehabilitation programs (aka, functional restoration programs).

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) based Pain Management Chronic Pain: Using Healthy Thinking

Produced by the Alberta Health Services, of Alberta, Canada, a site that provides basic information on cognitive-behavioral principles for improving your abilities to cope with chronic pain.

Complications of Chronic Pain

Depression and Chronic Pain

From the U.S. National Institute for Mental Health, an informative site on depression, chronic pain, and the relationship between the two. The site also contains information on how to most effectively treat depression.


Research Roundup: Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

Brief summaries of a few research studies on mindfulness, put together by the American Psychological Association.

A Different Approach to Pain Management: Mindfulness Meditation

A TED Talk by Fadel Zeidan on what mindfulness is, how it affects the brain's processing of pain, and how it is helpful in the management of pain.

Neuroscience of Pain

How Does Your Brain Respond to Pain?

A short video on how the brain produces the experience of pain and why different people experience pain differently. A TED Ed Lessons Worth Sharing by Karen D. Davis, PhD, professor of neuroscience at the University of Toronto.

Pain. Is It All in Your Mind?

Professor G. Lorimer Moseley – University of South Australia. Poor choice of titles, but the lecture is an empirically accurate review of the role of the brain and nervous system in producing the experience of chronic pain.

Pain, Is it All in Your Mind?

Another poor choice of a title, but still worth the watch. Answers the question of why some people are more susceptible to developing chronic pain once an injury or illness occurs. A TEDx Talk: Silje Endersen Reme, PhD.

The Plastic Brain

A brief video review of what happens in the brain when we learn and how it relates to rehabilitation.

Sites for the Self-Management of Pain

Gloucestershire Hospitals: Pain and How It Works

An informative collection of pages on chronic pain and to best treat it from Gloucestershire Hospitals, a National Health Service Foundation Trust, in England. See all the links to the right after clicking on the link above.

Oregon State Resources for the Self-Management of Chronic Pain

A document with information and multiple links on how to self-manage chronic pain, produced by the Oregon Pain Management Commission.


Information on self-managing chronic pain.

Pain Out Loud

An important platform for community building through the sharing of real-life stories of how people have successfully learned to self-manage chronic pain.

Pain Toolkit

A highly acclaimed site that provides educational modules for learning how to self-manage chronic pain.

Tips for Coping

Gate Control Theory of Pain

Information and worksheet for self-managing chronic pain from the Veterans Affairs (VA), United States.

The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do for Your Stress

A video by Dr. Mike Evans and the Evans Health Lab.

Understanding Pain: Brainman Chooses

The last of the popular video series on how to self-manage chronic pain, reviewing multiple important, and empirically effective, ways to cope with pain. Again, a must see. Produced by Hunter Integrated Service (HIPS), University of South Australia, the University of Washington, and Hunter Medicare Local.

Understanding Pain: Brainman Stops His Opioids

One of the popular Brainman video series on self-managing pain without opioids. A must see. Produced by Hunter Integrated Service (HIPS), University of South Australia, the University of Washington, and Hunter Medicare Local.

Understanding Pain: What to Do about It in Five Minutes

The first in the popular video series on how to self-manage chronic pain, reviewing evidenced-based approaches to cope with pain. A must see. Produced by Hunter Integrated Pain Service (HIPS).

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Changing your posture can change your mood and self-confidence. Food for thought when attempting to reduce pain behaviors. An inspiring TED talk by Amy Cuddy, PhD, social psychologist at Harvard Business School.

Murray J. McAllister, PsyD, is the executive director of the Institute for Chronic Pain (ICP). The ICP is an educational and public policy think tank. Its mission is to lead the field in making pain management more empirically supported. Additionally, the ICP provides Academic quality information on chronic pain that is approachable to patients and their families. Dr. McAllister is also the clinical director of pain services for Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute (CKRI), part of Allina Health, in Minneapolis, MN. Among other services, CKRI provides chronic pain rehabilitation services on a residential and outpatient basis.

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