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Mind Over Matter: Managing Pain Without Medications

presented by Sarah Murray, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC

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Financial— Sarah Murray receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships. Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 26 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 35 Minutes

This course will address the concepts of cognitive behavioral approaches and the complementary and alternative methods of pain management that all clinicians can facilitate or employ at the bedside. In addition to practical skills, this course will delve into the long-term nonpharmacological methods of pain management that can be beneficial for chronic pain patients or those who anticipate pain in the future due to treatment of disease or tissue injury. This course is most applicable to nurses, occupational therapists, and physical therapists in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, long-term care, and home health settings.

Meet Your Instructor

Sarah Murray, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC

Dr. Sarah J. Murray started her career as an Army combat medic in 1993, then went on to become a registered nurse, graduating from Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 1998. Since that time, she has earned an MSN in adult health nursing from the University of Texas at San Antonio in the clinical nurse…

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1. Complementary and Alternative Methods: Behavioral Approaches

This chapter explains the cognitive behavioral approach to long-term pain management care, particularly in patients with chronic pain. This chapter will help the clinician understand the mind-body connection and the skills to foster in patients to improve the patients' coping methods. This chapter also discusses the principles of distraction and presence.

2. Complementary and Alternative Methods: Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and Massage

This chapter explores the neurobiology of traditional acupuncture/pressure, needling techniques, and the use of chiropractic alignment. This chapter will present an overview of techniques that the interdisciplinary team members can facilitate for their patient population, including the use of therapeutic touch/massage to maximize pain relief.

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