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A new Primary Care Network
program is helping people with
acute lower back pain feel better.
Back 2 Health is six, two-hour
classes that cover everything from
physical exercises to strengthen
your core to mental exercises to try
to change your thoughts about pain.
“Often a lot of people who struggle
with low back pain feel that it’s out
of their control. But we know there
are things they can do,” says Ashley
Nickles, a registered nurse with the
South Calgary PCN. “And it can
make a huge difference.”
Those things include looking at your
posture and how your furniture
is set up at work and at home.
It’s also helpful to understand
the connection between pain
and your brain. “There is a strong
psychological component to pain,”
Nickles says. “If we have these
negative thoughts and feel like we
don’t have control we know that
pain does intensify. It makes things
The program teaches some
basic muscle and mind relaxation
techniques, how to create a plan
to manage your life when you’re in
pain and why it’s important to keep
moving. “One of the main points we
want to get across is we want to
still try to be active,” Nickles says.
“As hard as that is, we want to keep
To learn more, visit scpcn.ca.
Liz Northam learned a number of pain-management techniques at Mosaic
PCN’s pain clinic, one of which involves
visualizing it floating down a river.