The best online programme that helps you self-manage your chronic pain

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I’ve always found that the more I learn about chronic pain and pain management, the more I learn to accept things and cope better. I’m constantly wanting to learn more about pain, why certain things can make my pain worse, and understand what I can do to self-manage things as much as I can. I was very kindly gifted free access to the online chronic pain programme at Elevation Process and in this post I share my thoughts about this programme and how it can help you. #GiftedAd.

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What is the Elevation Process chronic pain programme?

This programme teaches you to self-manage your own pain. It is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles and current best practice methods. It is aimed at anyone who has chronic pain and anyone wanting to learn more about chronic pain.

Brandon Ulmer runs Elevation Process and their aim (from their Instagram page is to ‘provide psychology based educational material…to help people through education, reducing stigma and by making the world a better place.’

Brandon very kindly wrote a guest post for me on pacing when you have chronic pain. As I mentioned in that post, Brandon is very clear in what he says and how he says it. Certain things just clicked as I was working through the sessions in this programme – he is very knowledgeable in all things pain-related. His conversational style of delivery draws you in and it makes you want to keep learning.

Brandon makes it clear from the start that you are the expert in your own pain and how it affects you. I immediately felt like he wasn’t trying to be a know-it-all and tell me what I should and shouldn’t be doing. I’ve read books and articles online before which have put me off as the author or presenter comes across in a very unsympathetic way. Brandon is the complete opposite. He has a very empathetic tone and his style keeps you listening.

The theory and psychology behind chronic pain and coping with it can be very complex, but not in this programme. There is no technical language; no complex science and theory to understand. Everything is in plain English and makes a lot of sense.

What will you learn in this programme?

There are 9 sessions within the programme and each one covers a specific topic.

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Brandon often tells you things you probably didn’t expect or want to hear, especially if you are new to learning how to cope with your chronic pain. But if you want to get your life back, take control, and not let your pain defeat you, then these are the things you need to hear and understand.

I especially liked how in the Pain Education session, Brandon explains the passive and active approach to chronic pain and how these differ. The passive approach is about letting other people and things, such as treatment, can be what makes you feel better; whereas the active approach is about what you can do – making some changes to how you live your life to help you self-manage your pain and make you feel better. I’ve talked about something similar to this before in my lifestyle medicine post.

“If a person with chronic pain exercises, stays relaxed, and paces their activities, that person is more likely to experience less pain. If a person with chronic pain does not exercise, doesn’t keep busy, is more tense, they are more likely to experience more pain.”

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Brandon also explains how medication isn’t a good long-term solution and why this is. Again, something you may not want to hear, but when you start to understand the reasons why, then you start to be more open to other solutions. Medication is important, but it is only one part of how to treat chronic pain.

There are sessions on anxiety and stress and how chronic pain causes these things, but this then makes the pain worse. A scary fact that Brandon mentions is that chronic Pain patients are 8 times more likely to experience anxiety. Brandon acknowledges that life with chronic pain is stressful and how this stress can cause the pain gates to open (another insightful section of the course) but there are things you can do to help yourself and learn to manage your pain better – breathing exercises, pacing, and planning ahead are just a few.

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I’ve talked about stress and anxiety in previous posts, but seeing it as a part of this programme reaffirmed my views and experiences on this and again knowing the theory behind it all means I can understand and cope better with my mental health and therefore cope better with my pain.

Through the different sessions in this programme, Brandon explains that knowledge is important and helps us feel in control. This courses teaches you to accept that your chronic pain is a part of you, that there are things you can do to help yourself, and you won’t feel as much anxiety and stress if you feel in control.

By the end of this programme you will learn that there is hope, and that you do not have to succumb to your pain.

Where can you access the chronic pain programme?

You can access the Chronic Pain programme, as well as many other programmes, on the Elevation Process website .

The course costs $29.99 (US dollars) which at the time this post was published was approximately £24. In my opinion, this is excellent value for money and the time I invested in completing the programme was definitely worthwhile.

You can access this course on your computer, tablet or phone. This is ideal at the present time due to many outpatient clinics (such as pain management clinics) being closed due to the Covid-19 situation. There has truly never been a better time to access trusted resources online such as this by Elevation Process.

And your access will never expire – you get lifetime access with one payment and you are free to watch the videos as many times as you want.

In addition, Brandon is more than happy to receive emails and questions about the material and content should you need to discuss things in any more detail.

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All my readers have very kindly been offered a discount of 50% off the chronic pain programme. Enter notebooksandglasses at checkout. Click here to to take advantage of this amazing offer and sign up today!

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About Elevation Process by Brandon Ulmer

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Elevation Process was formed from the belief that everyone should have access to education, and the right to make decisions that impact their own lives. I formed Elevation Process (EP) because of my own frustration in working within the public health system in Canada. The unfortunate reality is that there is never enough funding to satisfy the demand for mental health related services; worse, during times of economic hardship, mental health services are often the first to be cut. I could literally see people from sun up, to sun down, 7 days per week and still not satisfy the demand for services. This frustration was the primary impetus behind the formation of EP. What if everyone had access to information and education that could assist them to live better, more fulfilled lives? What if that information was distilled into scientifically based and supported strategies that people could trust? What if that information was readily available and accessible via any mobile device? 

EP is a labor of love for me. Chronic pain management was chosen to be our first educational product because, in my experience, this is the group most marginalised within our society. I am very busy within my own life, however as time does become available I plan to introduce new educational courses and different ways of helping a greater number of people. My sincere goal is to help as many people as possible while I am on this earth; EP gives me the opportunity to do this by communicating my message to many more people than I could physically see in clinic. Many thanks for your time in reading this.

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  1. Invisibly Me says:

    Ooo this is an exciting one. CBT and ACT are both quite popular within chronic pain management, and although I’ve come across some online courses I’ve never done one myself. Hadn’t heard of the Elevation Process either so it’s interesting to see what that offers. Excellent review!
    Caz x

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