Union Hospital To Host Free Classes On Dealing With Chronic Pain

People who suffer from chronic pain conditions always are looking for help at the same time they are battling the afflictions.

Two registered nurses at Union Hospital who have been professionally trained in strategies to manage chronic pain and all of the related issues they can produce can help. The hospital’s Community Health and Wellness Department will host a free six-week series of classes in February and March to explore the topic.

The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is a workshop developed by Stanford University and will be led locally by Union nurses Deb Angel, RN, and Beth Hoffman, RN. Classes are held in the Dover Public Library once a week from 9:30 a.m. to noon and are scheduled on Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23, and March 1 and 8.

Registration is required for these sessions as seating is limited. To register, visit the “Health Events” section on the Union Hospital website at www.unionhospital.org/health-and-wellness/events/487/the-chronic-pain-self-management-program-dover-public-library-community-room-dover-02-02-2016 or call the hospital’s Community Relations office at (330 602-0778.

The classes are designed to assist people who suffer from chronic pain. Subjects to be covered during the sessions include the following:

  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals
  • Nutrition
  • Pacing activity and rest
  • How to evaluate new treatments

For questions about the series of classes, contact Angel or Hoffman at (330) 602-0779 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Information about Union Hospital and all of its services available to the community is available on the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org, and on the hospital’s pages on Facebook and Twitter (@Union_Hospital).

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