Support Groups

All the clients seen in the rehabilitation program suffer from work injuries or occupational diseases.

The pain disturbs their sleep and drains energy. It affects work, instrumental activities of daily living, social and recreational activities and hobbies. Since pain can’t be seen and quantified, people living with pain often feel alone in their suffering. The legitimacy of their pain is often questioned. Considering the effects of pain on the quality of life, it`s not surprising that more than a quarter of people living with chronic pain also suffer from depression and anxiety.

 The support group is a recognized method in rehabilitation. It allows the client to have continuous dialogue with others suffering from pain, physical and psychological limitations. Clients can communicate their worries regarding a return to functional autonomy knowing they will be listened and understood.

These sessions aim to develop a better understanding of the functional limitations and allow individuals realize they are not alone and that others live with the same struggles.

 Also, meeting people in remission can give hope to people who can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel and help lift their spirits. By encouraging discussion between individuals, support groups allow positive ideas to return to the individual and give back hope for rehabilitation.

 It is proven that support groups are beneficial to learning and integrating new techniques. Furthermore, since they have a positive influence on the mood and moral, support groups decreased the number of cases of depression.

 Besides being good for clients’ moral, support groups also allow therapist to focus on more humanistic and cognitive behavioral approaches when they teach pain management techniques and other social, emotional, cognitive and physical abilities.

 Pain is often associated with a decrease in the level of activity. For people suffering from pain, ceasing to be active can cause secondary problems such as muscle ankylosis, low tolerance to effort, an increase in physical limitations and a decrease in quality of life. Recent studies show that returning to an active lifestyle is crucial for the rehabilitation to succeed, especially for those suffering from persistent and chronic pain.

The support group is used to reintroduce physical activity in the client’s routine. Therefore clients will return to a certain level of activity supported by health care professionals. Some examples of physical activities developed during group activities are walking, social outings, pool exercises, relaxation and outdoor activities.