According to Statistics Canada, 1 in 4 Canadians aged 15 years or older lives with chronic pain.
Many studies have demonstrated the negative effects of how chronic pain influences quality of life and mental health. If untreated, pain not only causes psychological stress but may exacerbate mental health. Depression, anxiety, and addiction may also develop.
The importance of pain management is significant to improve overall wellness of the body. Managing and recovering from pain symptoms also benefits mental health for proper brain function.
The Covid-19 pandemic may have affected people’s health in the form of generating mental stress, worsening pre-existing conditions, as well as increasing substance and medication use.
The Complementary Health and Integration Project (CHIP) reinforces the importance of providing services to treat pain to strengthen your health during times of increased risks of illness.
CHIP’s mission is to provide complimentary CAM treatments that are accessible to those under the age of 24 and over the age of 55 on pain, mental health, and addiction related health issues.
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If you are under the age of 24, or over the age of 55, and experiencing pain, mental health, or addiction issues, you might be qualified for Free Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) treatments, including Acupuncture and Moxibustion treatment, Diet Therapy, and Baduanjin Qigong therapy.