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Atlantic General Joins Healing Hands Chiropractic to Offer Chronic Disease Self Management Class

Atlantic General Joins Healing Hands Chiropractic to Offer Chronic Disease Self Management Class

“Living Well …Take Charge of your Health”. Do you have a chronic disease or condition or do you take care of someone with a chronic condition? If you do then you should consider making your life better by attending the Living Well workshop. The model for this program comes out of Stanford School of Medicine and is a chronic disease self-management course. The workshop is facilitated by two specially trained leaders, some of whom are healthcare professionals and some are not, one or both with chronic diseases themselves. It teaches participants how to live a quality life even with a chronic disease.

Anyone who has any type of chronic condition or the caregiver of anyone with a chronic condition should attend. Examples of chronic conditions may include diabetes, arthritis, migraine headaches, back pain, heart disease or any conditions that hinder you from living the life you desire. If you have any condition which alters your daily living in any way you could benefit from this workshop. Topics covered include:

• How to manage problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
• How to communicate effectively with family, friends and healthcare professionals
• Nutrition and how it effects our quality of life
• Exercise to improve strength, flexibility and endurance
• How to make daily tasks easier
• How to get more out of life!
• Appropriate use of medications
• How to evaluate new treatment options

The workshop is 6 classes of 2½ hours each. Participant feedback rates the classes as highly successful. Much of the success of the program lies in how it is taught. Classes are interactive and offer mutual support which leads to the success of the participants and builds confidence in their ability to manage their health.

The reason for the joint venture is the fact that chiropractic has a long history of helping a myriad of conditions, one of them being chronic pain. Research has shown that patients who have chronic mechanical spinal pain syndromes and received spinal manipulation (adjustments) gain significant broad-based beneficial short-term and long-term outcomes. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2005 (Jan); 28 (1): 3-11. The objective of Healing Hands Chiropractic is to help change the healthcare of our community for the better. The partnership between AGH and Healing Hands Chiropractic establishes a service to the community in meeting their healthcare needs.

Atlantic General Hospital is offering this workshop beginning on Thursday October 13, 9:30am to 12pm. The class is free and open to all. To register call Dawn at 410-641-9268.