An Integrative Health approach to self-management of chronic pain incorporates cognitive behavioral therapies, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, biofeedback, hypnosis, autogenic training, and other integrative practices.  The approach also emphasizes clinician-patient communication and goal setting strategies.

Integrative Health emphasizes mindful awareness and patient self-care along with conventional and integrative approaches to health and well-being.  The Circle of Health highlights eight areas of self-care: Physical Activity, Surroundings, Personal Development, Nutrition, Recharge, Family Friends, & Co-Workers, Spirit & Soul, and Mind and Emotions.  The narrative found in Self-Management of Chronic Pain Overview shows what an Integrative Health clinical visit could look like and how to apply the latest research on complementary and integrative health to the self-management of chronic pain.

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Disclaimer: This information is for general education. Please work with your health care practitioner to use it in the best way possible to promote your health.