Success in managing pain

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The first pain self-management course running in Forfar, which aims to help people living with pain have an improved quality of life, is proving popular with Angus residents.

Delivered by Pain Association Scotland and supported by Angus Community Health Partnership the course is for anyone suffering with chronic pain, regardless of the cause, who would like to find out what they can do to self-manage their pain more effectively.

The course aims to improve people’s understanding of pain and give them the skills to better manage their health it includes topics such as understanding pain and its impact on life, stress management, pacing/coping skills, dealing with pain flare-ups and understanding medication.

A new eight-week course will be starting next month at Forfar Leisure Centre on Tuesday, March 13.

Due to the high demand for places on the first course it is essential to book your place, please call 01307 474889 or email achptraining.tayside@nhs.net

Rhona Guild, primary care manager, Angus CHP, said: “The first course running at Whitehills has proved to be very popular and is fully booked. There has been a lot of interest expressed in this course and there is already a large waiting list for further programmes.

“This pain management programme is designed to be very relaxed and the course aims to encourage friendly interactive participation from members through questions and answer sessions and informal discussion groups. More importantly the course brings people together who are all experiencing similar symptoms giving them the opportunity to hear how others cope with their pain.

“So if you are aged 18 or over, living in Angus and would like to manage your pain more effectively then this course may be for you. As there are limited places on the March course it is important that people call and book their place.”