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Depression and chronic pain are extremely common and can be both a cause and consequence of each other. Up to 75% of people with depression also have chronic pain related complaints. Both of these issues decrease quality of life. Those suffering with chronic pain and depression are caught in painful cycles that need to be understood and broken in order to heal. These cycles often lead to isolation, sadness, foregoing previously enjoyed activities, and losing hope that things can and will get better.
Depression and chronic pain impact the same brain areas, chemicals, and pathways. You may be surprised to learn that in addition to the brain, the gut is also an important part of this picture! Understanding all of the interconnected pieces in the depression and chronic pain puzzle is an important step to feeling empowered, and to begin to get your life back.
In this talk, Dr. Meghan Rooney and Ka Wong, RD of CPR (Chronic Pain Relief of Richmond) will help you to dive deep into a thorough understanding of chronic pain and depression, how these issues and their treatment are interconnected, and the best ways to start healing. Come learn 3 things you can do to start feeling better today!
Dr. Rooney believes that through a combination of nutrition and evidence-based psychology, individuals with chronic pain can go from feeling helpless to back in charge of their health and well-being!
Prior to CPR, Dr. Rooney, a 12 year employee of the Veterans Affairs hospital, was a founder and clinical coordinator for the Veteran’s Integrative Pain Clinic at the McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Richmond, VA, which offers veterans nutritional, psychological, and medical interventions for chronic pain. This program has been deemed a best practice nationally.
She is very excited to bring this incredible program to members of the Richmond community with CPR!
Ka is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a masters degree in Clinical Nutrition. She has 25+years of experience in the field of medical nutrition therapy, oncology nutrition, brain health, and inflammatory diseases.
She is the creator of the Anti-inflammatory Eating Group for management of chronic pain at VAMC. The success of this program was shared among medical professionals state-wide and nationally. Her specialty is translating scientific evidence to practical eating advice for the general public, something stems from her career as a professor. This insight has lead her to believe that a healthy diet must not only be nourishing and enjoyable but also suited to one’s lifestyle.
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