Erase the Pain

For more than 20 years, The Arthritis Society has helped 10's of thousands of people with arthritis improve their lives through the Arthritis Self-Management Program (ASMP). We invite you to learn more about this exciting program and how you can benefit from participating.  

What is ASMP?

ASMP is a program that was developed by Stanford University and has been extensively researched. It was specifically designed to help people:

  • better understand their arthritis
  • learn ways to cope with chronic pain
  • take a more active role in managing their arthritis

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If you have one or more of the many types of arthritis, you will benefit from participating in ASMP. Your partner, family member, friend or other support person is encouraged to attend ASMP with you. As a participant in the class, they too will benefit from learning about your arthritis and how it affects you.

By participating in ASMP, you will have a chance to learn new information and skills, discuss new ideas and share experiences about:

  • exercising with arthritis
  • managing pain
  • eating healthy
  • preventing fatigue
  • protecting joints
  • taking arthritis medications
  • dealing with stress and depression
  • working with your doctor and healthcare team
  • evaluating alternative treatments
  • outsmarting arthritis: problem solving

Like the Chronic Pain Management Workshop, this program is not designed to override treatment programs provided by health care professionals but rather to complement conventional treatments and programs.

Participants of ASMP report the following benefits:

  • less pain
  • learned new ways to cope with arthritis
  • better able to move around
  • increased understanding of arthritis
  • more active in managing arthritis

ASMP is taught over a six-week period in weekly two-hour sessions. Each program usually has from eight to 14 people and is led by a pair of volunteer leaders. Most of the leaders have arthritis themselves and all have successfully completed a comprehensive ASMP Leader Training Workshop. The leaders follow a standardized course outline to ensure continued quality of the program.

A small fee is charged to cover the cost of providing you with The Arthritis Helpbook.

The Arthritis Society provides leadership and funding for research, advocacy and solutions to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected by arthritis.

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