TAO Connect Offers Chronic Pain Management Course as an Alternative to Opioids

TAO Connect Offers Chronic Pain Management Course as an Alternative to Opioids
The digital health company TAO Connect is offering an online chronic pain management course that provides sufferers an alternative to opioids. The 12 sessions provide those who take the course with training and practice in behavioral strategies for dealing with pain. Topics range from the basics of pain, and the medications that address it, to the consequences of long-term opioid use. The course sets the stage for the pain management strategies it offers by explaining how pain works in the brain. At the heart of the instruction is information about what pain specialists call behavioral interventions, including cognitive-behavioral strategies and acceptance and commitment therapy. The course also explores alternative pain-management treatments such as acupuncture and biofeedback. “Our society has fallen victim to the notion that chronic pain can only be effectively managed through the heavy prescription of opioids alone, but this dangerous perception of pain-killers is fueling addiction rates and strengthening the opioid crisis as a whole,” Sherry Benton, TAO Connect’s founder and chief executive officer, said in a press release. “Knowing how to manage chronic pain through behavioral health treatment is incredibly important, which is why we made it easily accessible to everyone who needs it.” Estimates are that chronic pain, which is defined as pain lasting more than three months, accounts for 80 percent of visits to doctors, TAO Connect said. It can be caused by diseases like fibromyalgia, bu
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