Bendigo SCI Regional Network Meeting - September 2017
The September meeting for the Bendigo SCI Regional Network was held at the Bendigo Stadium Bistro. The meeting, attended by members from the Bendigo region, featured a presentation on pain management by Shelley McCarron, a psychologist from Bendigo Wound Management.
Shelley, an industry veteran, was incredibly knowledgeable around the issue of pain management, having worked in the area for several years. She discussed various issues such as different types of pain, psychological management of pain, the relation between stress and chronic pain, therapies and strategy.
Shelley stressed upon the fact that pain, and lack of motivation often prevents a lot of people from becoming active, fearing it might aggravate the situation. She believes that a certain level of activity (within personal limits), like exercise and meditation, can do the body a great deal of good.
Here are some tips everyone can find useful for managing pain:
1. Keep Active - Pain, or the fear of pain, can lead people to stop doing the things they enjoy. It’s most important to not let pain take over your life.
2. Know your limits – Continue to be active in a way that acknowledges your physical limitations. Make a plan about how to manage your pain and don’t push yourself to do more than you can handle.
3. Exercise – Stay healthy with low impact exercise, such as stretching, yoga, walking and swimming.
4. Make social connections – Call a family member, invite a friend for a meal, schedule a coffee date with a friend you haven’t seen in a while. Research shows that people with greater social support are more resilient and experience less depression and anxiety. Ask for help when you need it.
5. Distract yourself – When pain flares, find ways to distract your mind from it. Watch a movie, take a walk, engage in a hobby or visit a museum or art gallery. Pleasant experiences can help you cope with pain better.
6. Don’t lose hope – With the right kind of psychological treatment and support, many people learn to manage their pain and think of it in a different way.
7. Follow prescriptions carefully – If medications are part of your treatment plan, be sure to use them only as prescribed by your doctor, to avoid any possible dangerous side effects. In addition to helping you develop better ways to cope with and manage pain, psychologists can help you develop a routine to stay on track with your treatment.
The group really appreciated having Shelly there to answer their questions and gain some more valuable knowledge and insight.
All are welcome to join in for the next meeting in October (details below). The main subject will be travel. It will be a great opportunity to share your accessible travel stories and ask questions from others. Come along with any questions you may have!
Details of our next event
Wednesday, 18 Oct 2017
Bendigo Stadium Bistro