Pain Management Programme

Chronic pain is continuous, long-term pain of more than 12 weeks. A Pain Management Programme is a psychologically based rehabilitative treatment for people with chronic pain recommended by the British Pain Society.

At Hillingdon Hospital, we run PMPs on one day a week. It is delivered in a group setting by a multidisciplinary team of physiotherapists and clinical psychologists. PMPs are run on a weekly outpatient basis for seven weeks and each session lasts for 2 ½ hours. PMPs consist of short talks and practical sessions. Participants are educated about pain, undergo a graded exercise programme and are taught stress management and relaxation skills.

The overall objective is to make patients more self-reliant and less dependent on healthcare resources. We do not provide prescriptions or a medical intervention.
The aim of the PMP is to build up coping strategies to help people control their pain, in order to limit its impact on the person as much as possible. There is good evidence that PMPs improve pain and function compared to non-multidisciplinary treatments. National and regional guidelines recommend PMPs for lower back pain.

Pain Management Programme Mindfulness/ Relaxation tracks

These audio tracks are intended for use alongside the Pain Management Programme manual. Mindfulness is about being aware of the present moment- your thoughts and actions in the present, without judging yourself.

Mindfulness has been proven to reduce chronic pain and depression as well as feelings of anxiety and stress. We would like you to listen to the mindfulness/ relaxation tracks below, pick a few that you like and listen to them every day for 2-3 weeks. Our aim is to help you to learn how best to relax your mind.
Track 1: Mindfulness breathing: 9mins 59sec (wma, 9.25Mb)
Track 2: Mindfulness of the hand: 5.36 (wma, 5.26Mb)
Track 3: Three-minute breathing space: 3.27 (wma, 3.29Mb)
Track 4: Leaves on a stream: 4.48 (wma, 4.55Mb)
Track 5: Clouds in the sky: 4.43 (wma, 4.45Mb)
Track 6: Body scan: 14.45 (wma, 13.6Mb)
Track 7: Relax the mind: 18.06 (wma, 19Mb)

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