After completing structured therapy, patients can continue to benefit from
many of the program’s innovative classes and support groups.
These classes and activities help graduates maintain the progress they
made in the pain program, reinforce coping skills and healthy behaviors,
get support and encouragement from peers, and avoid isolating themselves
and feeling alone. Graduates will develop a support network and information
as they tackle specific challenges in managing pain in their day-to-day lives.
Graduates are encouraged to attend:
Pain Lecture Series
Taught by the program’s clinical psychologist, this weekly lecture
and discussion covers the topics most important to your success: how to
break bad habits, restoring the support of family and friends, improving
the quality of your sleep, managing your anger, developing a healthy attitude,
reducing anxiety, preparing to make change in your life, eliminating self-defeating
thoughts, identifying and reducing unhelpful behaviors, and setting effective
HOPE (Happiness Over Pain Everyday) Support Group
Open to current and past patients as well as community members, this monthly
group offers camaraderie, encouragement, advice and peer support from
others who are successfully managing chronic pain. Hear stories of success
and learn coping strategies from others who have been where you are.
Through breathing exercises and mindfulness practice, you can strengthen
the mind-body connection, improving both your sense of well-being and
ability to manage pain.
Join our certified biofeedback and relaxation therapist to bring the benefits
of mindfulness-based stress reduction to your life. Better manage stress
and anxiety while adding the emotional and physical benefits of relaxation
to your life.
Transitional Fitness Class
Join our physical therapist for gentle strengthening and stretching using
weights, exercise bands, kettle bells, and other fitness equipment. Developed
specifically to meet the needs of those with chronic pain, this class
will help you increase your endurance and strength, while giving you the
confidence to transition from the program’s structure to exercising
in a gym setting.
Pool Group/Aquatic Therapy
Taught by our physical therapists in a warm water pool, this one-hour group
exercise class offers stretching, conditioning and camaraderie. By using
only the resistance of water then progressing to weights, patients who
have had difficulty with traditional therapy are able to improve their
fitness and endurance. In addition to making exercise easier and less
painful, the warmth of the water relaxes tight muscles and increases blood
flow, helping to decrease pain. Cost of this twice weekly class is $40
“Crafternoon:” Activities & Recreation Class
A fun and engaging weekly class that offers activities from container gardening
and art projects, to outings in the community - each designed to promote
healthy behaviors that pain may have crowded out. This social and relaxing
class will reintroduce you to the power of enjoying yourself. To learn
more, please call (714) 992-3000, ext. 3706.
More options to help you continue your progress
Within the St. Jude Centers for Rehabilitation and Wellness, you’ll
find a wide variety of affordable services and fitness classes to motivate
and support you as you continue your progress. Your pain team can help
you identify which classes and programs will be most beneficial.
Gentle Yoga and other exercise classes can be modified by the instructor
to meet your needs.
Click here for St. Jude’s Synergy Medical and Wellness Fitness Center’s
Nutrition and wellness coaching
Individualized coaching can help you take your nutrition and wellness
to the next level. Personalized sessions can help you understand the connection
between diet, inflammation and pain - and offer personalized nutrition
planning, goal-setting and strategies for overcoming obstacles.
to learn more.