The Functional Restoration Program (FRP) is designed for patients who have not been able to cope with chronic pain, who have had unsuccessful outcomes from prior treatment and medications. The NMCI Medical Clinic FRP team is composed of doctorate-level pain psychologists, pain management physicians and physical therapists to reduce and manage chronic pain and difficulties. We specialize in areas of pain reduction, physical and occupational therapy, psychology, nutrition, education in self-management and the Art of relaxation.
The FRP program at NMCI will be tailored specifically for your needs, goals and concerns. The interdisciplinary method for our FRP program identifies and works through obstacles that may block progress in reaching your specific goals for optimal improvement.
How Can NMCI Help?
We offer a functional restoration program that is designed to help reduce the negative impacts associated with chronic pain. The functional restoration team goal is to reduce depression, stress, anxiety, and overall bodily effects of these issues.
Chronic pain is a persistent pain that does not respond to traditional medications and reduction therapies. Over time, chronic pain can negatively impact your life in several ways. These negative impacts include:
Ability to Work
Limited functionality for activities of daily life
Our goal throughout the interdisciplinary recovery plan is to help you acquire and utilize pain coping skills that help you increase strength and endurance as well as improve your quality of life and interpersonal effectiveness.
Your first step will be meeting with your physician. You will also meet the professionals from our FRP team you will be working with. At this point, your professional team will assess you and create a guide that is designed just for you.
You will meet with the team three times per week for seven weeks. At the end of every week, your team will meet to assess your progress and participation. Our goal at the end of the seven weeks is social re-integration as well as return to work. During this seven-week period, you will be provided with a supportive and compassionate team that will work with you every step of the way.
Your team of professionals will provide you with the best treatment plan for you and teach you how to manage your pain and concerns independently. Services and education include the following:
Pain Management Education:
You will learn about available medications, their effectiveness, and side effects. You will learn the current theories of pain management and ways to independently manage your pain.
You will learn and practice cognitive behavioral strategies in order to arm you with coping skills specifically for your chronic pain. This is known as positive psychology and will reduce anxiety and depression levels. You will also meet with a psychologist individualized relaxation methods effective for anxiety and depression such as meditation. Cognitive Behavioral techniques are a proven method of turning a negative mindset into a positive one that can power through the harder periods of life. You will learn how proper communication is the starting point to reaching out to your team or others for help as well as helping others.
Mental and emotional relief methods include yoga, art, and meditation. You will also learn relaxation techniques for self-soothing and active self-management. Your team will also provide you with sleep education. Proper sleep will help your body restore itself and reduce levels of anxiety.
Vocational counseling provides you with methods of improving your communication skills as well as determining your strengths. You will discuss your goals in life and available vocations. The ultimate goal of the vocational counseling is to help you get back to work and living a higher quality of life.
Good food choices are a key component to your overall health. Your nutrition counselor will provide you with information on foods that help reduce inflammation as well as foods you may want to avoid. You will also learn about weight management and the role it plays in reducing problems with inflammation.
We encourage you to give NMCI Clinic a call to discuss the enrollment process and how to begin. We accept patients from across the country. Even if you don’t live in the area and are coming to us from a distance, we can provide information on and coordination with transportation services and accommodation.
We look forward to hearing from you and encourage you to start your path in reducing chronic pain to help you enjoy and restore your life as soon as possible.