Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than six months. It often has no known cause, but can exist along with conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD). It can also be the result of work- or vehicle-related accidents.

Statistics from the Canadian Pain Coalition indicate that 13 to 30% of Canadians suffer from chronic pain, which can impact all areas of a person's life, mind, body and spirit. It often challenges those who have it to continue to find pleasure and meaning in their lives.

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At the Centre

Chronic Pain Management Team

This team works in partnership with a family doctor and may include:

  • Nursing,
  • Physiotherapy,
  • Kinesiology,
  • Pharmacy,
  • Nutrition,
  • Mental Health,
  • Medical (GP) Consultants and
  • CAM practitioners (if involved).

Our goal is to help clients explore and understand their health issues. We:

  • encourage clients to take personal responsibility for their health through shared discussion, goal setting and problem solving.
  • support clients' decisions about their health and lifestyle by providing information and education, individual consultations and links to other resources in the community.
  • are concerned with the whole person, not just a single health issue.
  • are client-centred, and respect clients' active participation in managing their own health effectively.

Chronic Pain Workshop

The chronic pain workshop is a five-week program designed to help people explore self-management strategies to enhance the quality of their lives. Chronic Pain Management Team members lead session(s) dedicated to their respective area. This program runs three times per year.

Chronic Pain Support Group

This support group aims to help people living with chronic pain improve their lives through education, encouragement and fellowship.

The group hosts an open meeting facilitated by a Registered Nurse on the third Tuesday of every month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Good Vibrations (Relaxation Therapy)

Facilitated by a Registered Clinical Therapist, this drop-in class meets weekly on Thursdays from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. to learn and practice relaxation skills. 

Super 6 Exercise Program

The Super 6 Exercise Program is a series of six exercise and education classes that enhance movement and teach the basic principles of safe exercise. Super 6 Program Description (pdf)

For schedule information visit News and Events

Resources & other Community Services

  • Pain Program: The Comox Valley Nursing Centre's pain services are linked with Island Health's larger Pain Program, ich has clinical centres in Nanaimo and Victoria.
  • Pain BC: Improves the lives of people in pain through education, empowerment, and innovation.
  • University of Victoria Centre on Aging's Chronic Pain Self-Management Program: a community program to help people live successfully with chronic pain.  It is led by two trained leaders who successfully complete a four-day training workshop and is delivered in communities to groups of 10-12 persons, once a week for 2 1/2 hours, for six consecutive weeks.
  • More Information and Resources 

Medical Professionals

To refer a client to the Comox Valley Nursing Centre Community Pain Service Support, please print and complete the CVNC Referral (pdf). Nursing Centre Resources - handout Individual Health Consultations

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