Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than 6 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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Resources for People Living with Chronic Pain

The Comox Valley Nursing Centre's pain services are linked with a larger Pain Program within VIHA.  The Pain Program has clinical centres in Nanaimo and Victoria. For more info, visit: http://www.viha.ca/pain_program/

At the Centre

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

You can arrange individual appointments with a Registered Nurse at the Nursing Centre. We have an open-door policy and clients do not need a referral.

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 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).

The team aims to assess, treat and to educate people experiencing chronic pain, and their families, as well as to increase knowledge among ourselves and other community health care professionals. We use existing community resources to provide a coordinated, multidisciplinary, and client-centred approach.


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)

There are "teaching" and "doing" elements in each class.  The amount of physical activity is gradually increased over the 6 sessions. 

At the end of the sessions, the instructor will help each participant graduate to the next step.  Options include:

  • walking programs
  • a home-exercise program
  • and/or possible re-entry into the Super 6 Exercise Program

For schedule information visit News and Events

Library Resources and Community Internet Access

This resource is located within the Centre and is managed by volunteers. A broad selection of books, videos and audio tapes/CD’s on Chronic Pain and many other health issues is available. A computer is also available for those who would like to access health-related information via the Internet.

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Other Community Services

Developing and maintaining relationships with other health and community agencies is a key role for Nursing Centre staff. Working together allows for compassionate, competent and coordinated care. It has been the foundation for building the programs we currently offer.

Canadian Pain Coalition

Partnership with the Canadian Pain Coalition started when a client representing the Canadian RSD Network was invited to join the newly formed CPC as a stakeholder. The goals of the Canadian Pain Coalition are to promote sustained change and improvement in pain management in Canada, by increasing public awareness and political action relative to pain, increasing recognition that chronic pain is a disease, and having pain targeted as a health priority. Please visit the Canadian Pain Coalition.

  • Canadian Pain Coalition

    University of Victoria Centre on Aging

    Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

    The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) is 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.  Participants receive two books: "Living a Healthy LIfe with Chronic Conditions" and the "Chronic Pain Self-Management Program Workbook"; the Workbook contains our "Moving Easy Program" CD which provides a set of easy to follow exercises which can be done in the comfort of your own home.

    For information about workshop dates and locations call our toll-free information line at 1-866-902-3767 or visit our website at www.coag.uvic.ca/cdsmp

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