Coping skills are techniques that can be helpful in managing pain. ACPA groups build on these coping skills:

  • We do not dwell on physical symptoms of pain.
  • We focus on abilities, not disabilities.
  • We recognize and talk freely about our feelings about pain and its control over our lives. We do not make judgments. Group discussions are confidential.
  • We use relaxation exercises to help ease the tension that increases pain and redirect attention away from our pain and suffering.
  • We demonstrate mild stretching exercises and encourage you to do them daily, if your doctor approves.
  • We set realistic goals and evaluate them weekly. This helps members to see that their desires can be achieved, one step at a time.
  • We recognize our basic rights, including the right to make mistakes, the right to say no, and the right to ask questions.