Expand Your Pain Management Skills with our New Wellness Classes.

WELLNESS CLASSES

Boomerang Healthcare Wellness Classes help expand your pain management skills and are held monthly.  These collaborative and informative classes discuss all factors that contribute to chronic pain, recovery, wellness, and quality of life. 

For more information or to sign up for a class, contact us through the form below or reach out to our Wellness Team directly.  wellness@boomeranghc.com / 925-482-8151

Attending a class is easy and can be done from anywhere.

Classes are 60 minutes long and administered in a virtual small group setting with an IPM healthcare provider.  English class times begin on the hour with the first class at 8 am and the last class at 4pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Spanish classes are offered on Wednesdays beginning at 8 am and are 75 minutes long.

Our class topics rotate monthly and cover a wide range of topics.

• Chronic Pain Basics • Pain & Thoughts • Stress Management • Healthy Habits • Pacing
• Chronic Pain & Mood • Nutrition • Anxiety, Anger & Depression • Healthy Communication • Sleep • Neuroplasticity

February's Class:
The Anti-Inflammatory Diet

A healthy diet is one of the best ways you can contribute to your health. Inflammation is a problem for those with chronic pain and can contribute to many disease states. You will learn what inflammation is and how it affects your body. After finishing this class, you will know the why and how of adopting this useful diet to manage your chronic pain.

January's Class:
The Power of Acceptance

Do you struggle living with persistent pain? Being in a state of acceptance is a powerful mindset tool that is essential to your pain management journey. Acceptance is a neutral place to grow from, it does not mean you have to like what is happening. From this place, real change can occur. This class will teach you how to incorporate more acceptance into your life and to identify what barriers may be preventing you from doing so. Ultimately it will have a positive impact on your experience of living with pain.  

December's Class:
Insomnia, Night Time Strategies

Are you lying awake in bed at night unable to sleep? Perhaps it’s pain, stress or restlessness that is keeping you awake? This class will assist you in developing strategies to use when you are lying in bed awake, frustrated, and sleepless. You will be introduced to many effective tools that harness the power of your mind and body to get to sleep. This class will give you an experiential introduction to helpful mind-body techniques that encourage rest and sleep. It includes information on supplements and how to manage worry and repetitive thoughts.  

November's Class:
Improve Sleep, Improve Function

This foundational sleep education class will explain how you can improve your sleep by working with your mind, lifestyle choices and environment. We look at how what you do during the day can impact your sleep at night. You will come away with plenty of information to help you improve the length and quality of your sleep. We will give you some great stretching routines and action items that you can work on immediately to prepare your body and mind for bed. You will feel empowered to take charge of your sleep cycle which will then improve your functionality. Good sleep is good medicine.

Chronic Pain & Mood

Chronic pain and our emotions are so intertwined; it can be hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. If you’re living with chronic pain and have noticed a change in your mood you are not alone. When physical pain does not stop neither does emotional pain. This class will explain the why behind what you might be experiencing. You will then be introduced to various techniques to help you manage the emotions you may be struggling with. These techniques can help you gain clarity and get space around difficult emotions. 

Creating Healthy Habits

Have you struggled with adding a new healthy habit to your life? What about breaking “bad” habits?  Effectively managing chronic pain requires focused work with the body and mind. In this class you will be given science-backed methods to create new and healthy habits that stick, as well as break some of the unwanted habits that may be contributing to poorer health.  

Healthy Communication

Many patients report feeling misunderstood. This class will assist you in giving and receiving clarity. It will help you understand your own pattern of communication and identify, then express, your underlying feelings and needs. Various tools will be provided that can be used to increase effectiveness of communication, in general, and as it relates to chronic pain. Feel free to have friends and family sit in on the class so you can all learn together. 

Pacing for Chronic Pain

An important factor in maintaining your functionality and preventing pain flares is working with a structured pacing model. Pacing is a skill that enables you to consistently carry out activities without causing extra pain. Without an effective pacing strategy in place, you may find that you cycle between resting and over-doing it physically. Over time this can reinforce your disability and even cause new ones. This class will offer you background and an effective method on how to build a pacing strategy for yourself that will help you gain strength and stamina over time.  

Posture & Body Mechanics

You may have an awareness about the importance of “good” posture. However, you may not have an updated and effective model to follow. This class covers essential viewpoints on posture and body mechanics that are helpful to manage chronic pain and avoid flare ups.  Focusing on posture and movement also helps improve mood and self-esteem. You will learn how to use optimal body mechanics to complete common household chores in a safe way. Movement is medicine and knowing how to move safely ensures you will move more often.

Preventing Flare-Ups

Your daily life choices have an impact on your pain levels. In this class we look at what a pain flare is and why they might occur. You will be given an overview of the many areas in which you have influence. Consistent and thoughtful choices are key. These include using cognitive, emotional, physical, and spiritual tools. You will leave class with new ideas to build your customized pain coping toolbox. 

ReThinking Persistent Pain

Learning about the pain process is therapeutic and empowering. Understanding the how and why behind persistent pain is an important step in your journey towards recovery. This class will help you learn the current way of thinking about pain and how it’s best treated. You will leave class with a better understanding of your body and how you can begin to build effective coping skills for dealing with persistent pain 

Stress Management

Because stress is a part of daily life and can have a negative impact on your pain it’s important to have stress management practice in place. This class will help you identify where stress may be lurking and then offer you many ideas to effectively manage stress on a regular basis. Your stress management strategy will be customized by and for you. You will be introduced to many techniques and thought processes, including using acupressure, looking at your home environment, spending time in nature and engaging in creativity. This information will prepare you to manage stress effectively. 

The Connection Between Trauma and Pain

Trauma and other stress related disorders are diverse and common.  This class includes the causes and symptoms of acute and post traumatic trauma and how it can relate to those with a chronic pain condition. Even if you haven’t been affected by trauma personally, statistics show that you know someone who has. This class helps build compassion for yourself and others as it educates on these common life complications. The experience and repercussions of traumatic events become clear as the class explores the science connecting trauma and chronic pain. The class also highlights treatments and solutions.

A Snapshot of the Messages our Teachers Receive:

Want to learn more or join a class?

Please fill out the form below and someone from our Wellness Team will reach out to your shortly.