Coping with Pain
Pain is part of daily life for many people living with arthritis. This booklet is for anyone with arthritis who wants to work at controlling their joint pain and arthritis pain. It will help you get a better understanding of what pain is and will explain a range of methods for dealing with pain.
Different types of pain management work for different people - everyone is unique. Arming yourself with information is the first step along the road to controlling joint pain and arthritis pain and living life with arthritis to the full.
In this booklet you will find:
- Pain management (How pain can affect people with arthritis, The pain cycle, The pain barrier, The importance of focusing away from pain)
- Pain control methods (How to use your joints to avoid stress and pain, The benefits of self-help groups and what self-management is, The importance of exercise in keeping you healthy and relieving stiffness, Specific methods of pain control such as massage, relaxation, hypnosis, counselling, complementary therapies and drugs)
- Next steps (Where you can find help, the role of your healthcare team and pain clinics,Tips for your own pain management)
- Pain management resources