VHA Pain Management
For Veterans/Public - Self Management
This section provides links to tools on "Self Management," developed for Veterans/patients.
VA Mobile Apps
|Evidence supports a long-term recovery process for the treatment of chronic pain that highlights various "self-management techniques" addressing the mind and the body. Active therapies such as movement, stretching, relaxation, and mindfulness help those with chronic pain respond in the most helpful way.
The VA has a number of mobile apps that are free. These include relaxation options such as Breathe2Relax and Tactical Breather, Virtual Hope Box, Mindfulness Coach and the forthcoming VA Pain Coach. Link to mobile apps site.
Resources - Self Management
|Pacing for Pain-worksheet *(pdf)||Gov Western Australla Dpt of Health||These guides can help you learn how to pace your activities effectively and appropriately. Energy management is also pain management|
|Pacing for Pain-formula *(pdf)||PSYCHOLOGYTooLS.org||Pacing is a skill that enables you to consistently carry out activities without causing extra pain.|
|American Chronic Pain Association*||American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA)||This website can provide you with information about chronic pain, management, providers and skills.|
|Coping Tools - Deep Breathing*||Harvard Medical School||Deep Breathing information to help with pain management. This can be done on your own, at any time.|
|Coping Tools - Relaxation Techniques*||National Institute of Health (NIH)||Relaxation techniques to help with pain management. This can be done on your own at any time.|
|Understanding Pain* (video)||Hunter Integrated Pain Service (HIPS)||Easy to follow video about pain and how you can approach it effectively.|
|Flare-Up Management Planning (pdf)||Department of Veterans Affairs - attribute Pain Management Network||This is a document you can work on with your loved ones and providers. Having a written plan for preventing and coping with a pain flare is essential.|
Intro to Neuroplasticity (pdf)
|Department of Veterans Affairs - attribute Norman Doidge’s books: The Brain that Changes Itself and The Brains Way of Healing.||Learn some basic information about how the brain can change, and also change your pain.|
|ACI Pain Management Network||This website contains information to enable you to develop skills and knowledge in the self management of your pain|
|VHA Office of Patient Centered Care||Whole health care, designed to help Veterans achieve and maintain their best all-around health and well-being.|
|Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)||Online course that teaches skills to help overcome stressful problems and meet your goals.|
|VA - Rocky Mountain MIRECC||Public information website for Veterans, family members, and others interested in learning more about evidence-based psychotherapies (or “E-B-Ps”). EBPs can help with depression, insomnia, substance use problems, chronic pain, relationship distress, and other “invisible wounds.”|