Chronic Pain Treatment
- No Referral Needed
- No Waiting List
Chronic pain is a complex phenomenon of human experience with physical, emotional and cognitive dimensions. Its causes are equally complex and we now understand that multiple factors ranging from poor body mechanics to alterations in the central nervous system may all contribute to the experience of pain.
Optimum treatment for chronic pain therefore requires different kinds of treatment that usually includes active physical and cognitive behavioral treatment. This has been supported by good quality research for decades.
Although medications, injections, manipulation and other passive treatments are widely available for those with chronic pain, there is a dearth of active treatment programs that teach patients how to care for themselves. Dr. Jan Carstoniu, a specialist in anesthesiology and former psychologist, has been facilitating just such a program since 2005, aimed at providing people with the mental and physical skills that can reduce distress and improve function.
The program combines pain education, cognitive behavioral techniques, meditation, and traditional Asian exercise methods from such systems as taijiquan (tai chi) and qigong, blending western medicine with eastern practices.
Virtual sessions are offered twice weekly and in-person sessions once a week.
Anyone with a valid OHIP card can register by calling 416 322-7539.
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