Many people with chronic pain spend a lot of time at home. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, even more people are staying inside. But how do you make sure the way you are positioning your body to do everyday tasks — like typing on a computer — isn’t causing more pain?

Ergonomics — or how we position our body and equipment when doing everyday tasks — is an incredibly important factor in pain levels and overall health.

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To provide more support and tips for self-management during the pandemic, U.S. Pain’s Pain Connection program is launching an interactive series, “Building Your Toolbox.” Each meeting in the series will focus on discussing a different pain modality with an expert in the field.

The series will be done as a videoconference using the Zoom platform, so participants can see and hear one another, and speak directly with the presenters. (Please note that you have the ability to turn your camera/microphone off.)

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We all know that people react differently to different medications–what works for one patient can sometimes cause an adverse reaction in another.

But why is that? And how can you figure out which medications work well for you?

At our next Pain Education Portal (PEP) Talk webinar on May 21 at 1 pm EST, we’ll learn about all this and more with Dan Doherty, an expert in drug sensitivities with Genelex.

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July’s mindfulness meditation webinar began with a quote from a Buddhist monk: “When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another–and ourselves.” Webinar host Gwenn Herman, LCSW, DCSW, Clinical Director of Pain Connection and a person who has lived with pain for 20+ years, believes strongly in the efficacy of mindfulness. In “From ow to om: Using mindfulness to reduce pain and stress,” she taught mindfulness meditation to webinar participants hoping to use it as a tool in their treatment plan.

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Last month’s webinar for members of the U.S. Pain community, “How to get the most out of massage for chronic pain” has been rescheduled to April 12 at 1 pm EST. The webinar features Rachel Horcher, a licensed massage therapist, movement specialist and yoga instructor.

During her presentation, Horcher will discuss how massage can help with chronic pain, how to find the right massage therapist and best communicate with him or her, and the different types of massages.

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A March 20 webinar for members of the U.S. Pain community will feature Rachel Horcher, a licensed massage therapist, movement specialist and yoga instructor. This free webinar begins at 1 pm EST.

During her presentation, Horcher will discuss how massage can help with chronic pain, how to find the right massage therapist and best communicate with him or her, and the different types of massages. This webinar is suited to both individuals who haven’t tried massage before and those who have.

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On Jan. 16, U.S. Pain volunteers and members were treated to a presentation, “How to effectively prevent and resolve insurance coverage issues,” with Demian Fontanella, JD, general counsel for the Connecticut Office of the Healthcare Advocate (OHA). The webinars occur on the third Tuesday of every other month at 1 pm EST.

OHA is an independent state agency that provides advocacy services for Connecticut health care consumers. In 2016, OHA helped over 7,000 consumers with specific issues and saved Connecticut them more than $11 million combined. (For a list of similar agencies by state, click here.)

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