• To function at the highest possible level and enjoy optimal wellness through training to instinctively use pacing, energy conservation techniques, good body mechanics, as well as exercise;

• To learn and apply constructive coping strategies to reduce stress and pain;

• To educate patients to enable them to manage pain episodes that may occur so that they can self-manage these episodes and not be dependent on others;

• To reduce or eliminate poor posture and maladaptive gait which contribute to chronic pain and perpetuate the pain cycle;

• To help the patient learn to avoid situations that contribute to a recurrence of the chronic pain cycle through knowledge of ergonomics and how to make practical adjustments at home or at work;

• To educate the patient to obtain and maintain their optimal weight in order to avoid a worsening of their pain condition due to excessive loading of the spine and hips;

• To reduce or eliminate the need for assistive devices such as braces, canes, walkers, corsets, crutches, wheelchairs, etc. which serve to perpetuate deconditioning and are counterproductive in the alleviation of pain;

• To teach stress-management skills, relaxation training, and provide psychological support and family education so that the patient becomes able to function appropriately post program;  

• To teach each patient to learn appropriate behavior and responses to reduce pain-producing stress;

• To teach each patient to understand themselves and be responsible for their actions and rehabilitation;

• To teach skills to reduce, control, or eliminate depression, anxiety, irritability, fear, anger, as well as interpersonal problems so that each person functions in an emotionally healthy way, thereby maintaining their physical and emotional gains;

• To have a good understanding of the use of biofeedback and relaxation techniques, and to understand the relationship between muscle tension, anxiety, and pain;

• To enable each patient to relate to family and others appropriately;

• To educate family members about their role in their loved one’s rehabilitation process so that they provide positive reinforcement for healthy behaviors and foster open communication within the family structure;

• To teach the patient to move away from a disability-oriented attitude and to teach the family the same;

• To facilitate the patient’s participation in recreational activities including sporting activities in a safe and planned way in order to prevent injury or reinjury and to facilitate a well-rounded and satisfying lifestyle;

• To teach the patient to maintain their gains and prevent reinjury, without reliance on healthcare professionals or assistive devices;

• To help the patient learn to overcome obstacles which may interfere with returning to a productive lifestyle;

• To increase each patient’s confidence in their ability to return to work if they have a return-to-work goal.

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