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"It was amazing to experience how reducing stress lowered my pain level. That realization was a turning point in my life."Betty-Anne St. Pierre
Former Patient,
Mind/Body Chronic Pain Service
MIND/BODY CHRONIC PAIN SERVICE
Studies have shown that mind/body techniques can improve the health and well-being of persons suffering from chronic illness, including chronic pain and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). The Mind/Body Chronic Pain Service gives patients tools they can use to better cope with and, in some cases, lessen their physical symptoms as well as the anxiety, frustration, and depression that often accompany pain-related illness. Anyone experiencing daily pain for more than three months and patients with CFS or fibromyalgia could benefit from these services.

We will help you:

Identify factors or situations that may contribute to your symptoms
Reduce the intensity and/or frequency of fatigue, pain, and other physical symptoms
Accept and better cope with certain chronic conditions
Regain a sense of control and well-being

The Mind/Body Chronic Pain Service is designed to complement medical treatment through a combination of:

Individual counseling sessions with a psychologist to apply mind/body approaches to pain-specific issues and/or
Participation in the weekly Medical Symptom Reduction Progam

Elements of this unique combination of care include:

Elicitation of the relaxation response through techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing and mindfulness
Ways to pace yourself and schedule activities to reduce the exacerbation of symptoms
Safe and gentle stretching exercises
Healthy eating and other positive lifestyle behaviors
Skills to help you communicate more clearly and assertively with caregivers as well as colleagues, friends and family

In addition, patients examine and restructure negative thoughts that can interfere with their coping abilities, such as "I'll never be able to work again." With the cognitive/behavioral strategies we teach, patients realize what they can still do and the thought becomes "I'll work again; it may just be in a different capacity" or "I may not be able to hold a traditional job but I am still an integral and important member of my family."

A recent analysis of patient outcomes showed: More than 85% of our patients felt they were better able to manage symptoms; significant decreases in physical and mental fatigue; and significant decreases in distress and discomfort.













More Information
In Boston, MA, the Mind/Body Chronic Pain Service is directed by
Ellen Slawsby, PhD.

To register, please contact Becky Grassi at
617.991.0102 X214 or bgrassi@mbmi.org.

Pain services are also offered by the
M/BMI affiliate in Indiana.

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Published Research
Patient Testimonial
Herbert Benson, MD President,
Mind Body Medical Institute and
Mind Body Medical Institute Associate Professor of Medicine,
Harvard Medical School.