Striving to Thriving

Underlying Themes

Underlying Themes of Striving to Thriving

The underlying theme in Striving to Thriving are driven largely by two things. The first is patient needs.” The second includes those recommendation made in the “Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Report.” 

  • patient empowerment
    Underlying themes: Educated and Informed
    Education, education, education. When the patient understands chronic pain concepts, treatments are more effective, and the patient becomes empowered.
  • Patient activation increases as patients understand the various nervous systems, the biopsychosocial model and neuroplasticity.
  • The patient plays an active (rather than passive) role in decisions made in treatment plans and reporting efficacy once educated and informed.
  • The patient assumes greater responsibility and leadership in their care. This relieves clinicians of time-consuming educating and mentoring the patient and more time focused on treatment. Also, the patient assumes responsibility for managing and disseminating of important information to all providers. As such, the book is a guide providing educational materials and templates supporting both  clinician and patient efforts.

Skills Development

An important part of the underlying themes is the need for patients developing needed skills to own their healthcare and turn down the volume of their pain. The material in this book stress developing the following skills: understanding, coping, balancing, calming and accepting.

  • Understanding means growth and the ability to apply one’s knowledge. Important areas include-pain cycle, acute vs. chronic, pain and the brain, the psychology of pain, hurt vs. harm, etc.
  • Coping is the techniques, methods and strategies for managing or reducing your pain when your pain flares.
  • Balance means sustainable lifestyle changes made enjoying improved quality of life and activities of daily living.
  • Calming is the ability to decrease tension, stress, anxiety or depression. Calm results from transitioning to the parasympathetic nervous system from the (fight-or-flight) sympathetic nervous system.
  • Accepting is how the patient views their pain and themselves within the context of their pain. As such, adopting rational thoughts about pain and one’s relationship to their pain should be a part of every treatment plan.
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