Alternative Pain Management Treatment Series

The Alternative Pain Management Treatment series, is a series of workshops designed to increase awareness of alternative modalities for treating pain, change practice, and improve outcomes for people in need of pain management. Eight monthly programs will explore various complementary therapies, and discuss how to incorporate these therapies into traditional medical practice.


The series was funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), in their ongoing efforts to reduce opioid use, and hosted by The Connecticut Women’s Consortium.


Yoga For Pain Management

Kathleen Kiley Fisher, BS

9:00AM - 4:00PM Event | 6 Credits| $30| The CWC

March 5, 2018


For decades, scientists and doctors looked for the source of chronic pain within the structure of the physical body. More recently, however, scientific research points to the entirety of a person: to the ‘biology’ of thoughts, emotions, expectations, and memories. Pain has a biological basis and it’s not limited to where one feels it. The mind and the body have ‘built-in healing’ responses that are as powerful as ‘pain-and-stress’ responses. Most chronic pain is sustained by initial trauma that changes the body and the mind-body relationship. Stress causes muscles to tighten. Muscle spasms, particularly unconscious muscle tightening, often cause a host of conditions ranging from headaches, back pain, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia.


The mind-body relationship makes it possible to transform ‘chronic pain-and-stress’ responses into ‘chronic healing’ responses. It’s possible to unlearn pain through relaxation. A routine practice of yoga postures can re-condition the mind-body relationship and relieve pain in a number of ways. In this workshop, gentle yoga postures to reduce physical pain and discomfort will be demonstrated (including many chair yoga poses). An overview of the anatomy and the functionality of the human energy field will be examined, followed by exercises to sustain consistent energy flow. Breathing techniques and mindfulness exercises to calm and restore will be practiced. Wear comfortable clothing. No mats are necessary. 


Integrative Approaches to Pain Management: Research and Practice

Katherine A. Golar, MD & Ben Kligler, MD

9:00AM - 4:00PM Event | 6 Credits| $30| The CWC

April 4, 2018


Revised Date April 4th - The current opioid epidemic has created new and broader interest in non-pharmacologic alternatives to pain management. Research supports the benefit of a number of techniques (e.g., acupuncture) in alleviating pain and symptoms associated with addiction (e.g., cravings, anxiety); the first half of the day’s program will focus on that research and on translating evidence of the effectiveness of these techniques into care.


3rd Annual Holistic Healing and Recovery Through Integrative Medicine Conference

December 7, 2018 - SAVE THE DATE - See 2017

Open to Staff & Clients | An active day of wellness and recovery for both your mind and body. 


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