The Persistent Pain Education Program (PPEP) is a series of eight presentations that aims to educate people in a comprehensive pain management approach. Each 90-minute talk is led by a different healthcare professional and is designed to help people with chronic pain learn self-management skills that can help them decrease their pain and improve their quality of life.
All classes will be held in the Deschutes Room on the 2nd floor of Waters Edge.
- To understand at least three changes that occur in our nerves and brain in a chronic pain state.
- To learn at least two relaxation/breathing techniques that can be used throughout the day to calm the nervous system and reduce muscle tension.
- To identify three foods to eliminate from your diet to reduce systemic inflammation.
- To identify three meals that promote reduced systemic inflammation and that can be easily prepared.
- To improve your mindfulness regarding your daily movement patterns in the home and community such that you continue to breathe deeply and to keep your muscles relaxed during three different activities that normally cause you pain.
Week #1: Explain Pain with Andy Roof, Physical Therapist
Tuesday, January 13th, 1:00-2:30p
Taught by a physical therapist, this class covers the basic physiology of pain, what is happening in our brains and nerves when we feel pain and how a “chronic” pain state develops in our nervous system. research shows that people with persistent pain who learn about the science behind the changes in their nervous system are able to decrease their perceived pain level.
Week #2: How to Live a Fulfilling Life with Pain, by Sandy Bushberg, Psychologist
Wednesday, February 18th, 1:00-2:30p
This class, taught by a psychologist, builds on Explain Pain by covering the neurophysiological and psychobiological effects of the pain experience. instruction will be provided in acceptance and commitment therapy, which involves living a values-driven and purposeful life despite experiencing pain.
Week #3: Mindfulness Meditation with Jill Keiffer, RN
Tuesday, February 3rd, 1:00-2:30p
Certain parts of the nervous system become “wound up” and dysfunctional in a persistent pain state. Yoga, meditation, deep breathing and relaxation can help to calm the nervous system and return it to a healthy state. in this class, a yoga instructor will cover simple breathing and relaxation techniques that can be performed daily as part of a self-treatment program.
Week #4: Mindfulness Movement with Jill Keiffer, RN
Tuesday, February 10th, 1:00-2:30p
Persistent pain often involves dysfunctional habitual movements related to poor breathing patterns and excessive muscle tension held in the torso, pelvis and neck/shoulder. building on the techniques learned in Mindfulness Meditation, this class teaches students to pay attention to their breathing while performing fluid, relaxed motions during everyday activities.
Week #5: Anti-inflammatory Diet with Tracy Dugick, Registered Dietician
Tuesday, January 27th, 1:00-2:30p
Chronic inflammation has been shown to be involved in multiple disease processes that are involved in creating a persistent pain condition. In this class, a registered dietician will teach participants how eating properly can reduce inflammation in the body. a week’s worth of healthy, affordable meal ideas will be provided.
Week #6: Medications for Chronic Pain, Part I with Eric Holeman, Pharmacist
Tuesday, February 24th, 1:00-2:30p
This class is taught by a clinical pharmacist and covers proper pain management with prescription drugs. Topics covered also include opioid tolerance, dependence, addiction and safe tapering or weaning techniques.
Week #7: Medications for Chronic Pain, Part II with Eric Holeman, Pharmacist
Tuesday, March 3rd, 1:00-2:30p
This class builds on the previous week covering proper pain management with prescription drugs. Topics covered also include opioid tolerance, dependence, addiction and safe tapering or weaning techniques.
Week #8: Sleep it Off: The Interaction Between Pain and Sleep with Dr. Paul Cardosi, Physician
Tuesday, January 20th, 1:00-2:30p
Good sleep is beneficial for mind and body, but pain can get in the way, and poor sleep may make coping with pain more difficult. This class will explore this relationship and also options for treatment.