Recommended Resources for Those Living with Pain

We’ve compiled a list of books, videos, webinars, and other great resources to provide you with the best information on pain management. You may also want to read the Pain BC Patient Brochure.


Understanding Pain

Understanding Pain

90:10 The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Stress

The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Stress

Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain - by Dr. Mike Evans

DeGroote PainHQ

DeGroote PainHQ, from McMaster University, is an online resource for individuals living with neuropathic pain. PainHQ provides access to high quality, evidence-based resources; browse through the knowledge base, personal stories, e-learning videos, webinars and expert blogs for a range of information about neuropathic pain conditions and the different treatments available.

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Information for Health Care Providers on Marijuana

Information for Health Care Providers on Marijuana was published in September 2010 by Health Canada to provide information on the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

Non-Communicating Adult Pain Checklist (NCAP)

This useful checklist has been developed to help assess chronic pain in non-communicating adults such as those with intellectual or developmental disabilities or autism. You can find out more about it by listening to this episode of Pain Waves Radio with Dr. Beverley Temple, Addressing Chronic Pain in Adults & Kids with Intellectual Disabilities.  


The Alzheimer's Society Ontario has developed this useful pamphlet to help those caring for people with dementia recognise the signs of pain. Because people living with dementia struggle to express pain in typical ways, they may be living with untreated pain and this can be a problem particulary for those in the later stages of dementia who may have issues communicating. 

Yoga for Chronic Pain

Regular exercise is important for all of us, but for individuals with chronic pain, exercise becomes essential. Studies show that exercise lowers pain levels, improves body function and elevates mood levels.

For someone living with chronic pain who is struggling to get through daily activities, starting an exercise program can seem daunting. It’s important to start slow and be patient.

Crushing Your Cant's: Strategies for Overcoming Adversity and Achieving the Impossible

Paul Henczel, BBA is the author of Miracle in a Mill, the Co-Creator of Story Academy, and a motivational speaker from near Vancouver, BC, Canada. Paul's life was changed after he was crushed by 12,000 pounds of wood in a horrific workplace accident. This handout outlines four key strategies Paul has used to live a better life, despite living with chronic pain and a number of other challenges resulting from his accident. You can learn more about what the strategies mean by listening to Paul on an episode of the Pain Waves podcast

Effects of Flotation-REST on Muscle Tension Pain

The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the floating form of the Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique (REST) (i.e. Flotation Therapy) may be applied within the field of pain relief.

Effects of Flotation REST on Stress Related Muscle Pain

The aim of this study was to investigate whether or not 33 flotation therapy sessions were more effective for stress-related ailments than 12 sessions.

Effects of Flotation-REST on Stress-Related Ailments

This study aimed to investigate long-term effects of the flotation–REST (restricted environmental stimulation technique) 4 months after treatment.

What makes the difference in flotation therapy?

The purpose of this study was to examine the potential effects of attention-placebo on flotation tank therapy. Flotation-restricted environmental stimulation technique is a method whereby an individual lies in a floating tank and all stimuli are reduced to a minimum.

Prince George Chronic Pain Directory

Developed based on the Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice's Chronic Pain database , this directory was created for people living with chronic pain in and around Prince George, and for health care providers who support them. Resources, services and health care providers are divided into 6 categories: medical, body work, education, cognitive, self-management, and complementary.

Kootenay Boundary Region Chronic Pain Database

Developed by the Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice, this resource list includes a list of services and contact information available in your area, featuring practitioners from a range of disciplines. Note that these practitioners may not necessarily have pain training but work in modalities that may help chronic pain patients. The Kootenay-Boundary region includes Castlegar, Christina Lake, Fruitvale, Grand Forks, Greenwood, Kaslo, Midway, Nakusp, Nelson, New Denver, Rock Creek, Rossland, Salmo, and Trail, BC.

Hope Air - Flights to Healthcare for Canadians in Financial Need

Since 1986, Hope Air has been arranging free flights to get financially-disadvantaged Canadians to the healthcare they need. Hope Air is the only registered, national charity that provides free flights to people who cannot afford the cost of an airline ticket to get to medical expertise or specialized medical technologies that usually exist only in larger urban centres. Hope Air is unique among Canadian charities in what we do. And we are proud to provide all flights to our Clients completely free of charge: no cost is transferred to Clients.

Travel Assistance Program (TAP BC)

The Travel Assistance Program (TAP) helps alleviate some of the transportation costs for eligible B.C. residents who must travel within the province for non-emergency medical specialist services not available in their own community. TAP is a corporate partnership between the Ministry of Health and private transportation carriers. The program is coordinated by the Ministry of Health and the transportation partners who agree to waive or discount their regular fees.

Groups and Associations

Pain Maps

Pain Maps is a resource center and guide for anyone who has experienced nerve pain and in particular, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) – otherwise known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). Its focus is on alternative ways of thinking about pain, and an approach to healing that relies on a basic understanding of how it works. In support of self education and initiative, Pain Maps will endeavor to offer material, sources and ideas that enable drug-free options to pain reduction where possible, while advocating for, and drawing on the wisdom of, pain sufferers in general – all of whom have something to offer regardless of their chosen path.

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The goal of painACTION is to help people improve their self-management skills. Written with the help of health educators, pain experts, and people dealing with pain, this site is a resource to come back to repeatedly, to track the occurrence of pain as well as to learn more.

Persistent Cardiac Pain Resource Centre

Persistent forms of cardiac pain are debilitating and require an understanding of the interplay of ischemic, metabolic, and neuropathophysiologic mechanisms contributing to these clinical problems. This resource centre is designed to bring attention to persistent and painful problems in the care of cardiac patients ranging from those that are predominantly of ischemic origin to those where neuropathophysiological processes may be primarily responsible for the genesis of the cardiac pain.

Quebec Association for Chronic Pain

The Association québécoise de la douleur chronique (AQDC) (Quebec Association for Chronic Pain) has a mission to improve the condition of people suffering from chronic pain in Quebec and reduce their isolation. The AQDC has operated a website since 2005. More than 1.5 million pages on its website are now consulted each year. Resources are available in both French and English.

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Transitions - Living Well with Chronic Pain

Sponsored by the Canadian Pain Coalition, the living well with pain website offers videos and tools to help you live as well as you can with persistent pain.

Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute

There is a wealth of high quality research on chronic pain. However, there is typically a 10-year gap between what is known from the research and what is done in policy, training, practice and public education. A primary goal of WWDPI is to reduce this gap and to facilitate the translation of current research into practical information to support its rapid mobilization.
View their chronic pain resources here.


Break Through Pain: How to Relieve Pain Using Powerful Meditation Techniques

Young, Shinzen

Understand Pain, Live Well Again (CD-ROM/Book)

Pearson, Neil

Full Catastrophe Living

Kabat-Zinn, Jon

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions

Lorig, Kate; Homan, Halsted; Sobel, David and McGowan, Patrick et al.

Living Beyond Your Pain: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Ease Chronic Pain

Dahl, J. and Lundgren, T.

Managing Pain Before It Manages You: Fourth Edition

Caudill, Margaret

Manage Your Pain

Nicholas, Michael

The Brain That Changes Itself

Doidge, Norman

The Chronic Pain Control Workbook

Hardin, Kimeron N and Catalano, Ellen M.

The Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration and Meditation

Levey, Joel and Michelle

The Pain Relief Handbook

Wells, Dr. Chris; Nowin, Graham and Melzack, Dr. Ronald

The Pain Survival Guide - How to Reclaim Your Life

Turk, Dennis C. and Winter, Frits

Visualization for Change

Fanning, Patrick

Wherever You Go, There You Are

Kabat-Zinn, Jon

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