Dr. Man-Chun WONG
Hong Kong

Dr Wong Man Chun has been working as pain management nurse since 2001.  She is currently a Nurse Consultant of Kowloon East Cluster, Hospital Authority and a Fellow member of the Hong Kong College of Perioperative Nursing.  She holds a PhD from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

In order to advocate non-pharmacological self-management of pain, she obtained qualification of different alternative and complementary therapies such as yoga instructor, corrective exercise specialist and hypnotherapist, etc.

In these years, she incorporated what she has learned into clinical practice and initiated new nursing interventions such as self-massage therapy and life transformation yoga therapy.  Life Transformation Yoga Therapy, incorporate clinical assessment, self-massage therapy and traditional yogic techniques, has been using in Pain Nurse Clinic of United Christian Hospital since 2016 and positive result has been achieved.

Yogic Management for Chronic Pain

Yoga, a mind-body therapeutic intervention, originated from India more than 5000 years ago.  It consists of various practices to transform people’s mind, body & spirit including physical movement (yoga poses), specific breathing techniques (pranayama), conscious sleep (yoga nidra), meditation, body lock (yoga Bandhas) and chanting.  Studies showed that regular practice of yoga poses, pranayama and meditation reduced pain, disability, stress, and improved mood in patients with various chronic pain conditions.  

Pain Nurse Clinic of United Christian Hospital has been teaching various yogic practices to patients with chronic pain since 2016 and there are positive outcomes and feedbacks.  We use nursing process to guide our clinical application of yogic practices which includes assessment, identify problem, formulate nursing care plan, implementation and evaluation.  The assessment includes pain history taking, physical assessment, static postural assessment and movement assessment etc.  After problem identification and care plan formulation, various nursing interventions will be applied.  Since the goal of our clinic is to empower patient’s chronic pain self-management ability, the interventions are focus on active pain coping skills training such as self-massage therapy, activity pacing, modified yoga postures, yogic breathing and meditation etc.  The purpose of this approach is to transform patients’ life by changing the way they cope with chronic pain.  I will illustrate the clinical application of yoga for chronic pain management in the presentation.