My Tool Box

My Tool Box : The Building Blocks of Self-Care – Living a healthy life with chronic

IMPORTANT NOTICE : The My Tool Box program is closed for an undetermined period.

The My Tool Box program is a free 6-session workshop designed to help individuals develop the skills needed to better manage the day-to-day challenges of living with a chronic health condition.

Chronic pain can cause severe stress and upset to individuals and their families, changing the way they live on a day to day basis. This evidence-based workshop provides information and coping strategies to help people take control, better manage their pain, work more effectivelyt with health care providers, and improve their quality of life.

The workshops are led by thow trained and certified lay leader. The workhop is delivered in community based settings in groupes of 10-12 participants, once a week for 2 ½ hours, or for six consecutive weeks. Participants receive the ”Chronic Pain Self-Management Program Workbook” and the Moving Easy Program” CD which provides a set of easy to follow exercices which can be done in the comfort of your own home.

There is no cost to attend, and excellent reference materials are available. The program is intended for adults experiencing a wide range of chronic pain conditions. Conditions appropriate for this workshop might include musculoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia, whipash injury, chronic regional pain syndromes, repetitive strain injury, chronic pelvic pain, post-surgical pain lasting longer than 6 months, neuropathic pain, neuralgias, post-stroke or central pain, persistent headache, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel, and severe muscular pain due to conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

The program covers the following topics:

  • Fatigue and sleep management
  • Guided imagery, visualization, distraction
  • Communication skills and working with your health care team
  • Healthy eating
  • Depression and Positive thinking
  • Medications for chronic pain
  • Making informed treatment decisions
  • Debunking Myths about Chronic Pain
  • The differences between acute and chronic pain
  • Undestanding the pain & symptom cycle
  • Physical activity & exercices
  • Pacing : Balancing activity and rest
  • Better breathing and muscle relaxation
  • Dealing with difficult emotions, problem solving