Pain Self-Management Program

Pain Self-Management Program

Michael Sangster, Physiotherapist

We're delighted to announce the upcoming launch date of our One to One Wellness Self Pain Management Program. This unique 4-week program will be launching February 13, 2024 at 6:00pm, is designed for small groups of up to 10 patients. The program will be led by our newest team member, Physiotherapist and Clinical Specialist (Pain), Michael Sangster.

This distinctive program, is designed to revolutionize pain management in Nova Scotia. It offers quicker access to essential education and effective strategies to help you navigate your chronic pain journey.

Our Individualized Pain Management Program:

  • Enhances your understanding of chronic pain and addresses your questions about pain management.
  • Develops Communication Plans to ensure better understanding of your needs among your loved ones and healthcare team.
  • Formulates an Individual Action Plan to propel you towards wellness and life goals.
  • Establishes a personalized flare-up plan to guide you during heightened pain periods.

Here are the details:

  1. Week 1: Pain Foundations

    A true foundational week to start your pain self-management journey. This week sets the foundation for improved understanding of your pain experience and getting answers to those confusing and frustrating questions you have. Through this, you will reflect on how to develop goals that match your core values and begin planning on how to successfully attain them.

  2. Week 2: Empowered Voice

    Whether it be your loved ones, an employer, or healthcare providers, feeling heard and understood can be one of the most frustrating and stressful aspects when living with pain. In week 2 you will learn strategies to empower yourself by creating a framework to effectively communicate your experience living with pain and what you need.

  3. Week 3: Brief Action Planning

    Now that your foundation is set and empowerment is built, let's keep building.. Week 3 is designed to help you find successful starting points to attain goals that match your core life values. Through careful planning and understanding the role of confidence in your own abilities, this week will help you find that right goal to help establish healthy lifestyle changes to keep you moving and enjoying life.

  4. Week 4: Flare-ups and Finish Lines

    When living with pain, flare-ups happen. In this final week, we help you develop an effective individualized flare-up plan to have handy during times of heightened pain. Whether it be music, gentle movement, deep breathing, or meditation, this is designed to help you navigate these difficult times.

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Michael, Physiotherapist & Clinical Specialist (Pain)

PT, BScPT, DPT, MBA

Michael Sangster holds a B.Sc. (Physiotherapy) from Dalhousie University School and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Utica University. He is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pain Science. His primary clinical interests are Pain Management and Global Health. Mike has worked extensively in both adult and pediatric complex pain and is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at the Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy. In addition, Mike was a member of the Canadian Pain Task Force, a TEDx speaker, and a co-developer of the online pain curriculum at SickKids in Toronto. Mike is the current Chair of the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists and a founding member and the former Vice-chair of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Mike is passionate about global health and travels annually to resource scarce regions of the world to participate in capacity building initiatives with local clinicians through his NGO, Project Next Mile. On his travels he has fulfilled the North American amateur soccer player’s dream of being invited to play soccer with locals in both Peru and Rwanda, hiked the Inca trail, braved a perilous tuk tuk ride in the back streets of Bangkok, played cricket with children in Dharavi, swam with sharks, set the Canadian record for hiking Gros Piton, and survived dengue fever.