December 2012
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We hope this note finds you continuing to do well and living your valued life. The article below by Nicole DeHaan, one of the physical therapists at the Pain Center, may help you improve your ability to function.

Pacing for the Holidays


The holidays are busy for most of us doing activities we might not normally be doing, or at least to the intensity we do during this time. Cooking, baking, cleaning, shopping, wrapping gifts, etc. With the pressures of family and time constraints, it is easy to get carried away before we realize our bodies may not be able to keep up with us.


The Purpose of Pacing:

  • Reduce the amount of stress and strain on our bodies
  • Delay the onset of soreness that comes with doing an activity for a long period of time.
  • Reduce the frequency, intensity and duration of flare-ups that can occur from doing a certain activity for a prolonged period of time.

Pacing Techniques:

  • Stop PRIOR to the onset of soreness. Set a timer for a short amount of time such 10-15 minutes to help you remember.
  • Do stretches, check your posture, go for a short walk, get a drink, or simply change activities to give your body a break.

Practicing these techniques will help you to be more functional and better enjoy the season.





News & Updates


We are growing!

We are pleased to announce that The Pain Center has expanded to a second location.  We are now offering patients in our Fibromyalgia and Pain programs the option to receive treatment on the main campus of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.  We hope that our growth will make our services available to more patients in West Michigan.  For more information, please contact us at 616.233.3480.



More than the programs ...
At The Pain Center, our psychologists and therapists see patients outside of the programs. If you have a new injury, significant stressor, severe pain flare-up or need to adjust your home exercise program - come back to the team that you trust. We're happy to help.


Have a question about a flare up?
You are still a part of The Pain Center family. If you ever have a question, please give us a call at 616.233.3480 and we'd be happy to answer it.



Nicole DeHaan, PT
Physical Therapist 
The Pain Center at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
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