Resources for those who Live with Pain

The Pain Society of Alberta offers education, pain management tools, and skills to help improve the lives of people living with persistent pain. We are offering these resources for PWLE as a repository of information only. We do not endorse any particular resource listed, though we have found them useful for patients looking to better understand and manage their pain as a repository of information only.
Disclaimer: Please Read Carefully

The Pain Society of Alberta does not provide any medical advice.  If you are seeking medical support, please contact your family physician or Health Link at 811. 

Pain Management

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6 PILLARS OF PAIN MANAGEMENT
Created by the McLeod River PCN
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ALBERTA HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM
The Alberta Healthy Living Program (AHLP) provides services to those with chronic conditions, including information, education, techniques, and support to help improve your health and quality of life with a chronic condition.
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CALGARY CHRONIC PAIN CENTER
A partnership between Alberta Health Services and the Cumming School of Medicine.
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KNOWLEDGE RESOURCE CENTER
Resources for people with lived experience and their families.
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MY HEALTH ALBERTA PAIN MANAGEMENT
Overviews, tools, assessments, excercises, and more.
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MY PAIN MY WAY
Developed by the Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists.
PAIN BC BLOG
The Pain BC blog serves as a space for relevant chronic pain news, events, stories and other opportunities available for people living with pain.
PAIN BC SELF-MANAGEMENT
Education and self-management resources for people living with pain
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SASK PAIN
Saskatchewans Chronic Pain Resource
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PAIN TOOLKIT FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH PAIN
Links and resources for your reference and what we believe will help you in the self management of your pain.
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PAIN SCIENCE
PainScience.com reviews your treatment options for many common painful problems, and explains the nature of the pain beast with hundreds of articles and several particularly huge self-help guides.
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RETRAIN PAIN FREE EBOOK
A free pain workbook designed to help therapists and patients deal with injuries and persistent pain.
PAIN CHATS

Understanding pain, and how to treat it, is your first step to living well again.Discover the advice that helps people recover from long-term pain.

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PAIN-ED

Informing both the public and health care practitioners about the latest pain research and to dispel common myths about pain and provide hope for change.

Headache & Migraine

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CALGARY CHRONIC PAIN CENTER HEADACHE DIARY
There are many things you can do to help get your headaches under control.  Here is a copy of the Headache Diary used at the Chronic Pain Centre
MY HEALTH ALBERTA HEADACHE MANAGEMENT
Overviews, tools, assessments, excercises, and more.
MY HEALTH ALBERTA TYPES OF HEADACHES
Overviews, tools, and more.
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HEADACHE MANAGEMENT RESOURCE LIST
Headache resources used at the Chronic Pain Centre
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MIGRAINE CANADA RESOURCES

An alliance of patients and health care providers working together to improve the lives of people living with migraine and other headache disorders in Canada.

CANADIAN HEADACHE SOCIETY

Canadian Headache Society is a scientific society of health care professionals dedicated to headache medicine.

#PAINAB2020 HEADACHE & MIGRAINE PANEL
Evidence-based education from the Pain Society of Alberta's 14th Annual Conference regarding Headache and Migraine management in Alberta & Beyond.

Movement & Mindfulness

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MOVEMENT & MINDFULNESS SESSIONS
Evidence-based education from the Pain Society of Alberta's 14th Annual Conference regarding Headache and Migraine management in Alberta & Beyond.
GENTLE MOVEMENT & MINDFULNESS PRACTICES
A compilation of a variety of gentle movement and mindfulness practices led by physiotherapist and yoga therapist, Shelly Prosko, PT, C-IAYT.

Support & Advocacy

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ALBERTA TALKS PAIN
Bringing our province together and advocate for a better quality of life for those living with pain. 
CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT AND CONNECTIONS
To create a community of support for individuals facing the challenges of chronic pain
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HELP_AB
A patient driven support, education and advocacy group that offers a unique program for patients with chronic pain.  
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LEAPS
An independent peer group that provides support to people who sustain their wellbeing while managing their chronic pain.
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PEOPLE IN PAIN NETWORK
A People in Pain Peer-Led Pain Self-Management Education and Support Group can help you find answers to your questions.
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PEDIATRIC PAIN

A list of resources that can be helpful in understanding the experience of pain and how to support those around you.

Helpful Apps

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CALM
Calm is a leading app for meditation and sleep. Experience lower stress, less anxiety, and more restful sleep with our guided meditations, Sleep Stories, breathing programs, masterclasses, and relaxing music.
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HEADSPACE
Get happy. Stress less. Sleep soundly. Headspace is your guide to everyday mindfulness in just a few minutes a day. Hundreds of articles for any mind, any mood, any goal.
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CLEAR FEAR
Developed by a clinician co-collaboratively with young people, Clear Fear uses a Cognitive Behavioural framework to help you change anxious thoughts and emotions, alter anxious behaviours, and calm fear responses.
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THE MINDFULNESS APP
Offering an extensive number of meditations with world-renowned teachers.  With the support of the app practice is easily done in the midst of a busy life and easily tailored to meet your own daily schedule.
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UCLA MINDFUL
Developed by the Mindful Awareness Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the app features about a dozen meditations of different types in English and Spanish.
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CANADIAN MIGRAINE TRACKER
Using a headache diary is a good way to keep track of the situation and observe the results of treatments.
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Pain Blogs

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MY CUPPA JO
Making sense of pain through science and stories. Bridging the gap between patients and health professionals.
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HEALTH SKILLS 
This blog offers health care providers thoughtful commentary and resources so they can help people develop their skills for living well, while respecting individual values.
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RESTORING VENUS
Helping women in persisting pain learn to restore their life through movement, self-discovery, and education so they can live life on their terms.
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BURNING NIGHTS
CRPS/RSD support for sufferers, their families and their friends in the UK and around the world

 Videos & Playlists

TAME THE BEAST - RETHINK PERSISTENT PAIN
Pain scientists starting to think differently about persistent (chronic) pain and its causes, are they're making exciting discoveries - like how you think about your pain can change the way it feels.
UNDERSTANDING PAIN IN 5 MINUTES OR LESS

This video helps you understand what current research has been saying about chronic pain - thats its not a joint or muscle problem, rather a 're-wiring' of the brain perception of itself.

PEOPLE WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE PLAYLIST

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