If you are affected by chronic pain you know how hard it can be to tie your shoes, make a bed, work in the garden or simply walk. Although chronic pain may place limitations on daily activities, it does not mean the end of a fulfilling life.
There is strong evidence supporting the benefits of relaxation techniques and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Therefore, the Department of Psychiatry at the UVM Medical Center offers a 13-week program specifically designed for individuals with chronic pain age 18 and older.
Our goal is to help patients cope with chronic pain in a way that enhances their quality of life.
Mind Body Medicine at UVM Medical Center - Program Structure
The Management of Chronic Pain Program is an intensive 13-week group program that uses mind/body approaches for the treatment of medical illness. Important features of this program include:
- Individual initial evaluation
- Stress management/Relaxation techniques
- Cognitive therapy/communication skills
- Nutrition/sleep hygiene
- Body awareness and stretching exercises
- Patient and family education
- Medication adjustment for treatment of pain, anxiety and depression if needed
- Referrals to alternative therapists as appropriate
- Individual evaluations at the anesthesiology center for pain medicine are available
Conditions We Treat
The Mind Body Medicine Clinic helps patients with a variety of chronic conditions such as:
In last few decades, many studies show that people who are chronically distressed have increased risk of getting a major illness. By contrast, a mind at peace protects the body's health. That is why the Mind Body Medicine Clinic's programs are specifically designed using approaches such as:
- Relaxation techniques
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Stress Management
- Communication Skills
Research & Clinical Trials
The MindBody Medicine Research Lab is currently working on a variety of research projects including:
Find out if you’re eligible to participate in a research study by contacting us at 802-847-8214 or email MBMC@uvm.edu.
For Medical Professionals
The Mind Body Medicine Clinic offers educational opportunities for residents in psychiatry, medical students and graduate students in neuroscience and counseling.