REED CITY — Chronic pain can range from an minor hindrance to a crippling daily struggle. The Personal Action Toward Health program will offer an upcoming workshop to help those suffering from such pain in order to improve their quality of life.

The program will be taught by Tina Bogart and Tricia Daily, care coordinators for Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital. The six-week course is designed to empower patients to communicate with their health care team, take medications as prescribed and face the daily challenges of living with an ongoing health condition

"People who come to the workshops will learn how to be active self-managers," explained Bogart. "They will learn relaxation techniques, exercises to reduce their pain, how nutrition can play a role and how to deal with the blues or anger."

The workshops will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 10 through March 16, at the Reed City Depot in Reed City.

Anyone who has received a diagnosis of chronic pain is invited to attend. This includes individuals suffering from recurring shoulder, neck and back pain, fibromyalgia, constant headaches or those who are recovering from surgery.

"It's a great opportunity to get support from other community members," said Bogart. "It gives them tools which can sometimes act as alternatives to pain medication or surgery. These workshops won't fix their pain, but it can help improve their quality of life."

Spectrum Health reported those who have been through the PATH workshops say they have more energy, less pain, get more exercise, feel more comfortable talking to their doctors and are more confident they can manage their health.

The workshops are free, but advance registration is required. Snacks and workbooks will be provided for everyone who attends.

"People will be able to leave the group with more confidence and with tools to help them manage their chronic pain," remarked Bogart. "Each person with chronic pain is different. We give people an array of tools they can use to better live with their pain and be more active."

To register, contact Bogart or Daily at (231) 832-7115 or (231) 832-8476.