Controlling Pain, Lifestyle Modification vs Medication Reliance, and Online Tools

An internet-based program that teaches techniques in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) shows positive results in the management of chronic pain, according to a study published online in the journal Pain Management Nursing. In work conducted as part of her doctoral dissertation, lead author Marian Wilson, assistant professor of nursing at Washington State University and her colleagues tracked 43 people with chronic noncancer pain as they went through an 8-week course of online tools called the Goalistics Chronic Pain Management Program to manage psychological, social, and health issues associated with chronic pain. Compared to a similar-sized control group, the participants reported that they adopted more practices to change negative thinking patterns and use relaxation techniques to help control pain.

Techniques in alternative medicine are difficult for patients to acquire in traditional care settings. But of the study subjects who participated in the online program, 80% reported making progress in reducing or eliminating their use of pain, or other unspecified, medications vs just one-half of the control group. This unintended consequence of the application of the online tools was cited by the authors as an additional benefit in addressing the epidemic of opioid overdose deaths in the US.

The PAINWeek 2015 national conference will offer a Complementary/Alternative Pain Management Track with courses including Biofeedback: Harnessing the Power Within to Improve Chronic Pain; Nutrition and Pain: Rules for Success; High-Density Platelet-Rich Plasma and Stem Cell Prolotherapy for Musculoskeletal Pain. For more information and to register, visit

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Read a press release from WSU about the findings mentioned above.

Read the journal abstract, with opportunity to access the full article, here.



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