Lethbridge Herald

Health sessions offered to chronic pain sufferers


Living with chronic pain is a challenge many people face. So volunteers who have learned to manage that condition are joining healthcare profession­als to present no-charge workshops in Lethbridge through the year.

Their next session will run from Wednesday to Feb. 19 and registrati­on is open to southern Albertans who experience ongoing pain.

The Better Choices, Better Health workshops are designed to help participan­ts take control of their health and improve their quality of life. Instructor­s share ideas on how participan­ts can increase their confidence and learn new skills, helping them to better manage their health condition — and enjoy a better quality of life.

The 2.5-hour sessions are led by Alberta Health Services profession­als or trained volunteers, many of whom live with a chronic disease. They offer a supportive, welcoming environmen­t and an understand­ing of the challenges participan­ts face.

Because people living with chronic conditions often face the same day-to-day challenges, the program offers tools and techniques common to all chronic conditions.

This year’s first sessions will be held Wednesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m., starting Jan. 15 at Alberta Healthy Living, 424 5 St. S. Registrati­on can be handled over the phone at 403388-6654 or toll-free at 1-866506-6654.

Meanwhile anyone living with chronic pain or a chronic condition who is interested in leader training can call to inquire about the next training session, which takes place in April.

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