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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.

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.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

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 541-296-7319 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.

Explain Pain with Andy Roof, Physical Therapist

NEXT CLASS: Tuesday September 10th, 2019 1:30-3:00pm

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.

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Sleep it Off: The Interaction Between Pain and Sleep with Dr. Paul Cardosi, Physician

NEXT CLASS: Tuesday, October 22nd, 1:30-3:00pm

8-Week Program

Free series of 8 presentations designed to educate participants in a comprehensive pain management approach. Each 90 minute talk is lead by a healthcare professional and will help participants with chronic pain learn self-management skills that can decrease pain and improve their quality of life.

Participants are encouraged to attend the entire series but can join in at anytime.
For more information call 541-296-7319.

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.

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Nutrition & Pain Management with Tracy Dugick, Registered Dietitian

NEXT CLASS: Tuesday, September 17th, 1:30-3:00pm

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 dietitian will teach participants how eating properly can reduce inflammation in the body. A week’s worth of healthy, affordable meal ideas will be provided.

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Mindfulness Meditation with Jill Keiffer, RN

NEXT CLASS: Tuesday, September 24th, 1:30-3:00pm

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.

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Mindfulness Movement with Jill Keiffer, RN

NEXT CLASS: Tuesday, October 1st, 1:30-3:00pm

This class builds on concepts from Mindfulness Meditation. A licensed yoga instructor will teach mindful ways of movement that aid in stress reduction, increase circulation and function, and decrease physical tension.

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Pain Neuroscience Education with Kevin Hanson DPT, OCS, Physical Therapist

NEXT CLASS: Tuesday, October 8th, 1:30-3:00pm

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.

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Medications for Chronic Pain, Part I with Eric Holeman, Pharmacist

NEXT CLASS: Tuesday, October 15th, 1:30-3:00pm

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.

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Medications for Chronic Pain, Part II with Eric Holeman, Pharmacist

NEXT CLASS: Tuesday, October 29th, 1:30-3:00pm

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.

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Class Paperwork

We hand this paperwork out the first day of class and the last day of class for every student to fill out. However, if you miss the first or last day of class or want to fill it out before you come you can download it here.

  • Patient Information
  • Brief Pain Inventory
  • Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire
  • Pain Self Efficacy Questionnaire
  • We want to know what you think! Please fill out the feedback form and bring to the last day of class.
  • Feedback Form