It’s not often that a really practical tool is published that works both as a guide to ‘what to do’ and as a marketing strategy for a profession. Today I want to introduce you to this guide to returning injured workers to work, developed by the Institute for Work and Health and two Canadian (Ontario to be precise) occupational therapy organisations.
The contents of a cognitive behavioural pain management programme (eg INPUT, ADAPT, vary considerably – it’s essential that the approach includes these concepts:
That clients can learn to accept the chronicity of their pain.
That clients can change their relationship to their pain in a way that allows them to broaden their sense of identity/self beyond the pain to that of “a well person with pain”.
That clients can learn or re-explore skills to deal more effectively with their pain, e.g., relaxation training, activity-rest cycling, graded exercise, attention management. (Morley, Biggs & Shapiro) (more…)