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Episode4 Segment 6 - Using techniques in everyday life

Fast Fact 1

Pain management
strategies can
be planned

Fast Fact 2

It is important to
rehearse strategies
even when pain
is low or absent


It is important when using  different strategies to rehearse so that you are prepared. Sometimes it can be hard to find time to rehearse the strategies, which is why a plan or timetable is helpful. It is important to have a go at using various strategies both when your pain levels are low and manageable, and when they are high or intense.

User Activity

This activity is about identifying and rehearsing various techniques you can use to better manage your pain.

Instruction - Part 1

In the space below, type in a list of all the pain management techniques that you have learnt about.

Pain management techniques:

Instruction - Part 2

Write down 3 of the distraction or relaxation techniques you have just seen in the film that you are willing to rehearse at least twice a day over the next week.

Pain management techniques:

It is really helpful to make specific plans about when you will rehearse your strategies, and that you record your progress. Shown below is an example of how a plan can be written.

Instruction - Part 3

Read through the example below. Notice how:

  1. The days of the week are in the first column
  2. The time when the technique is to be practised is in the second column
  3. The name of the technique is in the third column
  4. Whether or not the technique was practised is shown in the final column.
Pain Management training Plan
DAY TIME TECHNIQUE COMPLETED
Monday 8am Focussed Breathing Yes No
Lunchtime What's in my world? Yes No
6pm Focussed Breathing Yes No
8pm What's in my world? Yes No
Tuesday 8am Focussed Breathing Yes No
Lunchtime What's in my world? Yes No
6pm Focussed Breathing Yes No
8pm What's in my world? Yes No
Wednesday      
     

Write your own plan. Perhaps you could put reminders in your phone (if you have a mobile) twice a day to help you remember to practice each technique,

Provided below is your pain management training plan.

  1. Fill in column 2 with the time slots of when you will rehearse a technique.
  2. Fill in column 3 with the techniques you will rehearse.
  3. Print off your pain management training plan.
  4. After you complete each training session, tick the word ‘yes’ in column 4.
    Any sessions you miss, tick ‘no’ in column 4.
  5. At the end of the week, show your parents or caregivers and discuss your progress; and what you would like to do the following week.
Pain Management Training Plan
DAY TIME TECHNIQUE COMPLETED
Monday Yes   No
Yes   No
Yes   No
Yes   No
Tuesday Yes   No
Yes   No
Yes   No
Yes   No
Wednesday Yes   No
Yes   No
Yes   No
Yes   No
Thursday Yes   No
Yes   No
Yes   No
Yes   No
Friday Yes   No
Yes   No
Yes   No
Yes   No
Saturday Yes   No
Yes   No
Yes   No
Yes   No
Sunday Yes   No
Yes   No
Yes   No
Yes   No