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Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Family Medicine to Offer Pain Management Group

Release Date: 03/11/2015

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Family Medicine announces an eight week pain management group, with meetings beginning on Tuesday, April 7.  Based on the book, Managing Pain Before It Manages You, third edition by Margaret A. Caudill, MD, PhD, MPH, the goal is to introduce you to new ways to manage pain without, or as a complement to, medication use. Techniques like: mindfulness, breathing techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, pacing your day, keeping a pain diary, and various complementary therapies will be discussed.

The first session recently concluded with seven active participants.  Patty Herklotz, LCSW and Jan Watson, RN are pleased to facilitate the program.  “We found that the patients suffering from chronic pain often feel isolated.  The group offered them the opportunity to talk with others who understand what they are going through.  This was immeasurable,” Herklotz explains.

Community members interested should contact their primary care provider for a referral, or for more information, call Patty Herklotz at 374-2311.

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