Coping Skills

Coping skills are techniques that can be helpful in managing pain. ACPA groups build on these coping skills:

  • We do not dwell on physical symptoms of pain.
  • We focus on abilities, not disabilities.
  • We recognize and talk freely about our feelings about pain and its control over our lives. We do not make judgments. Group discussions are confidential.
  • We use relaxation exercises to help ease the tension that increases pain and redirect attention away from our pain and suffering.
  • We demonstrate mild stretching exercises and encourage you to do them daily, if your doctor approves.
  • We set realistic goals and evaluate them weekly. This helps members to see that their desires can be achieved, one step at a time.
  • We recognize our basic rights, including the right to make mistakes, the right to say no, and the right to ask questions.

Development of this new ACPA web site was made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Medtronic Foundation and Purdue Pharma.

Medtronic Foundation and Purdue have no influence on the editorial content of the site. Ongoing funding also comes from memberships/donations from a range of individual contributors.

Last Updated: 8/16/2017
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