Saturday, February 16, 2008

A personal coach can be a huge support for someone with chronic pain.

This post is part of How to Cope with Pain's monthly blog carnival.

The February Pain-Blog carnival is up:

How to Cope with Pain is now offering a monthly Pain-Blog Carnival during the last week of every month, to include each month's best posts. February's carnival is now posted. New bloggers are always welcome to contribute.

How to Cope with Pain website recently had a post about having your own personal health coach.

I was struck by the co-incidence as I recently had a comment here from Marla, RSD Coach.

I asked Marla what it is she does as an RSD Coach.

"I don't offer any "Medical" treatment at all.
What I do offer as an RSD Coach is coach others on what questions they should ask their doctor and what questions their doctor should be asking of them, because so few doctors have any idea of what is involved when they take on a patient who is stricken with RSD, fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, MS, etc..

But my main reason for training and researching so hard to be an RSD Coach is to teach how each individual can relax, let them know they are not alone in this and millions of others have it, but research is so limited making awareness to the public limited. I simply coach them on how they "Can" be self reliant and they "Can" every day make it through the day!!"

Marla has a Talk Show which I've just heard. This week was her first show which she hosted with her friend Crystal titled "What is Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy RSD?"

What I liked about the show was that as well as sharing their personal journey, Marla offered some practical steps for coping. Some of these steps were, acceptance, get involved, recognizing emotions, relax and exercise. Marla mentioned that her doctor recommended she use the Wii game to encourage natural movement. This was the subject of another of How to Cope with Pain's posts

I recommend you visit Marla's website "A Winning Life" and tune in to her broadcasts by clicking on the link to the left of her site. You can listen to the broadcasts any time.

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