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Living with pain is challenging - making it hard to sleep, work, and enjoy life.

Pain has a purpose.

We often don’t think about how our body works, until something goes wrong with it. However, we know that understanding the way the body is wired (the  neurobiology of pain) can help people to have less pain and do more.

It is normal to feel some pain as you start to return to employment. This module will teach you about some strategies you can use to manage pain in the workplace. In this module we will help you to:

  • Understanding pain and how to navigate it
  • Learning to work with pain
  • Your values and belief’s about pain can impact on your recovery


Pain management with Jade

It can be daunting returning to work and you may feel that work will make your pain worse. This module will take a look at helpful strategies that you could use within the workplace.

Pain Managment

Fit for work, Fit for life

Using work as part of rehabilitation

Source: Fit for life, fit for work - Paul Shawcross

Gain an understanding

What is your job role? Talk me through your usual day at work

Are you currently working? If not, how long have you been absent for?

If in work, are you on your usual/full duties? How are you coping?

Poor recovery expectation

How much longer to you plan to be absent from work?

When do you think you will be fit enough to return to work in some capacity OR to full function/duties (give examples based on prior questions)

When do you think you will be fit enough to return to normal activities (give examples based on prior questions)

Fear avoidance beliefs

Why are you off work or on restricted duties?

Which part of your job would be difficult for you at the moment?

Which part of your job do you think you can do?

Other risk factors to consider

Job Dissatisfaction

Job stress/strain

Low social support at work

Perception of no available work modifications

Physical demands at work

Mindfulness is essential

An effort to live in the moment without judgment of whether a decision is right, wrong, or how it may affect you in the long-term. Too many people suffer from anxiety in their personal lives which can translate to poor work performance. When you are in a constant state of anxiety over what is to come, you never actually focus on what is right in front of you. It is time to take back the “Now” and become more mindful of the present.

Here are the top 7 proven ways to practice mindfulness at work for a better life and a more productive work experience.

Source: Catherine's Career Corner

Helpful video resources for understanding, navigating and managing pain

TEDTalk: Why Things Hurt by Lorimer Moseley

Why things hurt

Understanding pain & what to do about it in less than 5 minutes

Understanding pain and what to do about it in less than 5 minutes

It's time to rethink persistent pain

Its time to rethink persistent pain

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