Mindfulness for Chronic Pain

Online Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management Course

Research has shown that mindfulness can be an effective way to manage chronic pain.

Mindfulness is a way for each of us to start noticing what is happening both inside us (thoughts, emotions, body sensations) and around us in this moment. 

In the context of chronic pain and chronic disease, we are usually longing for changes to our current condition. This often means that we are not getting the full value of living at the moment – in the now.

The Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management™ course can help you to modify certain unhelpful practices and relate to your pain and chronic condition in a more compassionate and accepting way.

Upcoming courses

Please contact me to find out about upcoming courses.

Venue: Online (Zoom)
Duration: 13 sessions, 1 per week

About the course

The Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management Course (MBCPM) offers 13 practical, interactive sessions in which you will learn how to cope with the challenges that your pain presents in everyday life using a blend of meditation, body awareness, gentle mindful movement, and an understanding of pain perception.

You will learn the principles of mindfulness meditation, the importance of living in the moment and the power of now, and how these relate to suffering less pain.

With these highly participatory sessions, you will have the space to develop your own strategies for self-management with the background of curiosity and compassion.

After completion of the programme, regular guided meditation meetings are offered to support you in the practice and integration of mindfulness into your daily life.

Module 1 (first 5 classes): Introducing tools to increase wise-mind and resilience

Module 2 (classes 6 to 9): Enhancing the mind-body connection,  sleep, movement strategies, self-nurturing and awareness 
Module 3 (classes 10 to 13): Enhancing relationship skills in a broad context

Classes take place once a week for 2.5 hours over 13 weeks. We will have a 15-minute comfort break in the middle of each class for you to have refreshments. 

Audio downloads of the meditations will be available each week.

Ready to start your mindfulness journey?

How can mindfulness help my chronic pain?

Mindfulness can be to be said to be the ability to pay attention to present moment experience with open curiosity and a willingness to be with what is. In other words, it is becoming fully awake in our own lives. Mindfulness is non-dependent on any belief system or ideology and its benefits are therefore accessible to anyone.

Mindfulness assists in remaining calmer and more pain-controlled despite the challenges of everyday life, such as when interacting with family, friends, colleagues, employers, workers’ compensation, and insurers.  This can change the intensity of pain suffering, both emotional and physical, in a very positive way.

While mindfulness is not a “cure” or substitute for medical and physiotherapy treatment, research indicates that mindfulness training as part of the treatment options for chronic pain can have significant therapeutic effect.

Who can benefit?

If you are challenged by long-term pain and chronic conditions such as the following, this mindfulness for chronic pain course is definitely an option as part of your treatment regimen:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis / inflammatory arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Back pain, neck & shoulder pain
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Facial pain & trigeminal neuralgia
  • Neuropathy
  • Post-cancer neuropathy
  • Migraine and headaches
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Chronic widespread pain
  • Chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
  • Long Covid-19 symptoms
  • High blood pressure
  • Gastrointestinal distress
  • Diabetes

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Hi, I’m Clare Cresswell, a physiotherapist and mindfulness coach.

I work with people who are challenged with long-term (chronic) health conditions and pain to find creative and manageable ways to live their lives to the full. Read more about me…