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A new Primary Care Networkprogram is helping people withacute lower back pain feel better.Back 2 Health is six, two-hourclasses that cover everything fromphysical exercises to strengthenyour core to mental exercises to tryto change your thoughts about pain.
“Often a lot of people who strugglewith low back pain feel that it’s outof their control. But we know thereare things they can do,” says AshleyNickles, a registered nurse with theSouth Calgary PCN. “And it canmake a huge difference.”Those things include looking at yourposture and how your furnitureis set up at work and at home.
It’s also helpful to understandthe connection between painand your brain. “There is a strongpsychological component to pain,”Nickles says. “If we have thesenegative thoughts and feel like wedon’t have control we know thatpain does intensify. It makes thingsworse.”The program teaches somebasic muscle and mind relaxationtechniques, how to create a planto manage your life when you’re inpain and why it’s important to keepmoving. “One of the main points wewant to get across is we want tostill try to be active,” Nickles says.“As hard as that is, we want to keepmoving.”
To learn more, visit scpcn.ca.
Liz Northam learned a number of pain-management techniques at MosaicPCN’s pain clinic, one of which involvesvisualizing it floating down a river.