Information for Patients

Welcome to the patient page on our outpatient pain service website. The aim of this page is to provide you with information about the services we provide as well as easy access to a range of exercise videos that have been developed for patients with chronic pain including physiotherapy, yoga, pilates and tai chi.
At the bottom of the page, we have added links other resources such as books (see “The pain management plan”), online courses (see “Pathway through pain” or “Reconnect2life”) or in-person courses (see “The expert patient program” or “Body reprogramming”) that have been designed to help people manage long-term pain. We have also included links to an online audio link (see “Living with chronic pain”) and NHS approved mindful course (see “Be Mindful”), which aims to help people learn about and use relaxation and mindfulness to help manage flare ups of their painful symptoms in their everyday lives.

All together we hope these resources can help you build up your fitness, reduce your painful symptoms and improve your sleep. Please feel free to look around, click on the links and use our website. Please also give us feedback so that we can continue to develop this resource.

Patient Information Leaflets

Medication Advice

Click on the links below for further information about your medication:

Driving Whilst Using Prescription Painkillers

Click on the link below for further information about driving whilst taking pain medications:

Spinal Cord Stimulation

Click on the link below for further information about wound care following spinal implant procedures:

Patient exercise videos

Physiotherapy for back, neck, knee, foot, shoulder and elbow pain

Resources for patients with chronic pain

Psychological resources for patients with chronic pain

Bedtime meditation

Getting a better night's sleep. Watch this video class that takes you step by step towards a comfortable seated practice of meditation.

Living with chronic pain (listen online - audio CD)

Living with chronic pain is a free to access site which has 10 audio tracks covering a variety of topics including living with chronic pain, how to improve your fitness sleep and diet as well as a step-by-step approach to goal setting, how to use “Relaxation” to get a better night’s sleep.

Be mindful

Be Mindful is an online course for reducing stress, depression and anxiety. It guides you through the elements of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT).

Mindfulness Cornwall

Mindfulness Cornwall is a charity which aims to help people learn about and use mindfulness in their everyday lives. They offer an 8-week courses and individual appointments.

Other NHS resources

The Expert Patient Programme

The expert patient programme is open to all patients in Cornwall and run by a team of trained volunteers. As part of the course, you attend six weekly sessions, which last two and a half hours, where you will learn how to manage your condition and meet other people who share similar experiences. The registration form and contact details are at the bottom of the page.

Reconnect2life

Reconnect2life is an interactive webpage where you can click through a series of information pages at home about understanding pain, improving your fitness and how you think about pain and how pain effects your mood. The health and fitness section also includes a step-by-step how to do it guides and videos on Tai Chi and Body conditioning.

Body reprogramming

Body reprogramming is a course for people who have Chronic Primary Pain, such as fibromyalgia. It provides an understanding of the condition and explores ways to help you reduce your symptoms. The course is composed of 6 sessions, each about 2 hours long.
If you would like to take part please contact your GP because they must refer you directly for this.

External resources

The Pain Management Plan

The Pain management Plan book, which can be purchased from Amazon, describes how to complete a personal “pain management programme” at home.

Pathway through pain

Pathway through pain is an online pain management program which you can enrol on for £40 and complete at home.

Resources for patients with pelvic pain

Information about pelvic pain

Click on the links below to view:

Information about your pelvic floor muscles

Pelvic physiotherapy handouts

Click on the links below to view:

Physiotherapy exercises for Women

Click on the links below to view:

Physiotherapy exercises for Men

Click on the links below to view:

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