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Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Keeping pain at bay

Assistant Research Professor Stacey Schepens Niemiec offers tips for better pain management in the New Year

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By Lita Smith-Mines/Boating Times Long Island

Photo courtesy of Boating Times Long Island

Photo courtesy of Boating Times Long Island

The advice “pace yourself” is often expressed when someone appears in danger of burning out by doing too much, too fast. It’s also excellent counsel to persons trying to cope with painful or fatiguing health conditions including arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, heart conditions, lupus, fibromyalgia, and depression.

The concept known as activity pacing “involves balancing periods of activity and task engagement with periods of rest, so that an individual can more easily achieve meaningful goals throughout the day,” says Stacey L. Schepens Niemiec, assistant professor of research within the University of Southern California Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. “Those goals might range from being able to play with one’s grandchildren to attending a baseball game in its entirety.”

Read the full article at Boating Times Long Island.