A comprehensive pain management approach
Our Persistent Pain Education Program (PPEP) is a series of eight presentations that educate people in a comprehensive, pain-management approach. Each 90-minute talk is led by a different healthcare professional including a physical therapist, clinical psychologist, clinical pharmacist, sleep specialist, dietitian and therapeutic yoga instructor.
The classes help people living with chronic pain to address multiple areas of self-management that can ultimately lead to decreased pain and improved quality of life.
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PPEP Learning Objectives
- 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 keep your muscles relaxed during three different activities that normally cause you pain.
All classes will be held on the 2nd floor of Waters Edge Health & Wellness Center.
These classes are always free but do require registration. Please register for this program online by filling out the form on this page. You can register at any point in the program. We encourage you to attend as many classes as you can in order to get a comprehensive pain management education. We repeat this program at least once a quarter so you can retake missed classes or refresh your education.
Please note that the dates and instructors listed below are for The Dalles program at Water’s Edge. Please call us at 541-386-2441 in order to get details about our Hood River program. Dates and topics are subject to change but we will make sure to update you when you register.