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Twelve tools to aid with pain self management

Pain Tools

The twelve pain tools, developed to help with the self management of pain.


1. Acceptance

Accept that you have persistent pain and then begin to move on. Acceptance is the first and the most important tool in your pain self management toolkit.

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Get involved

2. Get involved

Get involved, start building a support team. Being successful in pain self management means getting both help and support from others.

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3. Pacing

Learn to pace yourself. Pacing daily activities is one of the key tools to self managing your pain.

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4. Prioritising

Learn to prioritise and plan out your days. Prioritising and planning your days is an essential tool.

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Setting Goals

5. Setting Goals

Setting goals and action plans. For example, Tuesday PM - you could write an activity plan for the following day.

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Be Patient

6. Be Patient

Be patient with yourself. Take things steadily. It may take you a few weeks or months to see changes or improvements.

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7. Relaxation

Learn relaxation skills. Relaxation skills are very important for tense muscles in the body and for unwinding the mind.

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Meaningful Movement

8. Meaningful Movement

Keeping fit and healthy. Many people with pain fear exercise in case it causes more problems. However this is not true.

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Track Progress

9. Track Progress

It is always handy to note what hasn't or didn’t work so you can learn from those experiences. We sometimes learn more from our errors and not from our successes.

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Setback Plans

10. Setback Plans

Do you have a setback plan? Is it unrealistic to not have a setback plan? The simple answer is NO! Developing a setback plan is good pain self management.

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Team work

11. Team work

Team Work and action planning. Team work between you and your healthcare professional is vital. Imagine the Arsenal football team playing without a team plan.

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Daily Practice & Resilience

12. Daily Practice & Resilience

Daily Practice & resilience. Keeping it up and putting in to daily practise the tools from 1-11.

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