Chronic Pain

"The silent symphony of resilience"


At Nova Psychology in Edmonton, we understand the profound impact that chronic pain can have on one’s overall well-being. Our clinic is dedicated to providing specialized therapy services designed to help individuals effectively manage and cope with chronic pain. Our team of experienced therapists employs evidence-based approaches that address the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of chronic pain. We collaborate with clients to develop personalized treatment plans that may include cognitive-behavioral techniques, mindfulness practices, and pain management strategies. By creating a supportive and empathetic environment, Nova Psychology aims to empower individuals to navigate the challenges of persistent pain, enhance their quality of life, and foster resilience. We believe in a holistic approach that recognizes the interconnectedness of physical and mental health, working collaboratively to support individuals on their journey to improved pain management and overall well-being.

dealing with chronic pain


Chronic pain is characterized by persistent discomfort or pain that lasts for an extended period, typically beyond the expected healing time. Symptoms can vary widely and may include:

    • Continuous Pain: Persistent pain that lasts for weeks, months, or even years.
    • Intensity Fluctuations: The level of pain may vary, with periods of exacerbation and relief.
    • Discomfort or Aching: A general feeling of discomfort, dull aching, or soreness in the affected area.
    • Burning or Tingling Sensations: Some individuals may experience sensations like burning, tingling, or numbness.
    • Stiffness: Persistent stiffness or reduced range of motion in the affected area.
    • Fatigue: Pain can be draining and contribute to feelings of fatigue and exhaustion.
    • Sleep Disturbances: Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep due to pain.
    • Mood Changes: Long-term pain is often associated with mood changes such as irritability, anxiety, or depression.
    • Impact on Daily Activities: Pain interferes with daily activities, making it challenging to perform routine tasks or participate in activities.
    • Decreased Concentration: Difficulty focusing or concentrating due to the distraction of ongoing pain.
    • Muscle Tension: Chronic pain can lead to increased muscle tension, contributing to additional discomfort.
    • Decreased Appetite: Some individuals may experience a loss of appetite. 
    • Headaches: Chronic pain conditions can sometimes be associated with recurrent headaches.
    • Changes in Behaviour: Individuals may adapt their behaviors to avoid activities that trigger or worsen the pain.

It’s important to note that chronic pain is a complex and subjective experience, and symptoms can vary widely among individuals. Additionally, long-term pain can affect various parts of the body, including the joints, muscles, back, head, or nerves. Seeking medical attention and a comprehensive assessment is crucial for an accurate diagnosis and the development of an appropriate treatment plan to address both the physical and psychological aspects of long-standing pain.


Therapy plays a vital role in managing and mitigating the impact of chronic pain, offering a range of benefits that extend beyond traditional medical interventions. Some key benefits of therapy include:

    • Pain Coping Strategies: Therapy equips individuals with effective coping strategies to manage and reduce the perception of pain, fostering a greater sense of control.
    • Enhanced Emotional Well-Being: Chronic pain often takes a toll on mental health. Therapy provides a safe space to express emotions, addressing issues such as anxiety, depression, or stress associated with chronic pain.
    • Improved Sleep: Therapy can help address sleep disturbances often linked to chronic pain, promoting better sleep hygiene and enhancing overall sleep quality.
    • Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques: Therapeutic interventions, including mindfulness and relaxation techniques, aid in reducing muscle tension and promoting a sense of calm, contributing to pain relief.
    • Identification of Triggers: Therapy helps individuals identify specific triggers or factors that exacerbate pain, allowing for targeted strategies to avoid or manage these triggers effectively.
    • Improved Quality of Life: By addressing the psychological and emotional aspects of chronic pain, therapy contributes to an overall improvement in the quality of life for individuals, enhancing their ability to engage in daily activities.
    • Enhanced Communication: Therapy improves communication between individuals experiencing chronic pain and their healthcare providers, leading to more effective and collaborative treatment plans.


  • Behavioural Changes: Therapists work with individuals to implement behavioral changes that support pain management, such as activity pacing, goal setting, and adopting a healthier lifestyle.
  • Reduced Medication Reliance: Integrating therapy into pain management plans may lead to reduced reliance on medication, minimizing potential side effects and dependency issues.
  • Encouragement of Physical Activity: Therapists guide individuals in incorporating appropriate physical activity into their routines, promoting mobility, flexibility, and overall physical well-being.
  • Support for Lifestyle Adjustments: Chronic pain often requires individuals to make lifestyle adjustments. Therapy helps individuals navigate these changes and adapt to a new normal.
  • Social Support: Therapeutic interventions provide a supportive environment to discuss the impact of chronic pain on relationships and social interactions, fostering healthier connections with others.
  • Mind-Body Connection: Therapists emphasize the mind-body connection, helping individuals understand how thoughts and emotions can influence the perception of pain and overall well-being.
  • Goal Setting and Achievement: Therapy involves setting realistic goals for managing chronic pain, providing a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
  • Long-Term Resilience: By addressing the psychological aspects of chronic pain, therapy promotes long-term resilience, empowering individuals to navigate the challenges associated with their condition more effectively.
Incorporating therapy into a comprehensive pain management plan offers a holistic approach that addresses both the physical and emotional aspects of chronic pain, ultimately leading to improved overall well-being.


  • Medical Clinics and Hospitals: Check with local medical clinics and hospitals in Edmonton. They often have pain management or chronic pain clinics or can provide referrals to specialists.
  • Online Directories: Utilize online directories such as HealthLink Alberta or the Alberta Health Services website. These platforms may have information on pain management services in Edmonton.
  • Healthcare Providers: Consult with your primary care physician or healthcare provider. They can offer recommendations or refer you to specialists or facilities that focus on pain management.
  • Pain Management Specialists: Look for pain management specialists or clinics with pain management programs. These professionals can provide comprehensive care for individuals dealing with persistent pain.
  • Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centers: Facilities offering physiotherapy and rehabilitation services often have programs dedicated to managing chronic pain through physical therapy and other interventions.
  • Psychological Services: Some chronic pain facilities incorporate psychological services to address the emotional and psychological aspects of pain. Check with psychologists or therapists who specialize in pain management.
  • University Hospitals and Research Centers: University-affiliated hospitals and research centers may have specialized programs for chronic pain management. These facilities often incorporate the latest research and treatment modalities.
  • Patient Advocacy Groups: Reach out to patient advocacy groups or organizations focused on chronic pain. They may have resources or recommendations for facilities in Edmonton.
  • Online Reviews and Forums: Explore online reviews and forums where individuals share their experiences. This can provide insights into the quality of care and services offered.