Comprehensive Rehabilitation Therapy - Home Functional Program
for Chronic Pain Syndrome


1) Learn to pace
2) To prevent pain

THE PROBLEM: Most people who have had pain for a long time over do it and then pay for it with increased pain.

TO FIX IT: Break your activities into parts instead of doing them all at once. Examples of activities are sitting, standing, walking, climbing, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, stooping, bending, kneeling, crawling and reaching. Exercises also should not be done all at once.

HOW TO DO IT: The doctor or another staff member will give you a form to fill out. It is very important to bring this form to every office visit. Most people start at a slower pace. The pace will be adjusted to fit your individual needs. You will need a timer, as it is very important not to go over your time limits. It is okay to sit, stand and walk several times per day, as long as you stay at or below the specific time limits. Even if you are having a painful day, you need to do the exercises up to 4 times per day. You will need to check the box each time. There should be up to 4 checks in each box (unless otherwise noted). The activities do not have to be done one after the other. You may rest in between or at any time (that is called "pacing"). Each week you should be able to increase the sitting, walking and standing. It may hurt, but it will not harm you. Hurting does not mean you are doing poorly. You may not feel better during the early part of this program, but eventually you will.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Think of things you can do for fun at home and in the community. At the appropriate time we will incorporate these into your schedule.


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