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What Is Lifestyle Redesign® And How Can It Be Used To Manage Chronic Pain?

Lindsey Reeves, OTD, OTR/L, CEAS

March 11, 2022



What is Lifestyle Redesign® and how can it be used to manage chronic pain?


Lifestyle Redesign® is the process of acquiring health-promoting habits and routines in daily life (Jackson et al., 1998). Here is an overview of lifestyle management strategies for chronic pain in Figure 1. Depending on what is identified in the evaluation as a patient's performance deficits, occupational therapy practitioners can tailor the process accordingly.

Figure 1

Figure 1. Overview of specific OT interventions used in lifestyle design.

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Lindsey Reeves, OTD, OTR/L, CEAS

Lindsey Reeves, OTD, OTR/L works as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice. Dr. Reeves works with clients in the chronic pain, chronic headache, college student, and ergonomic programs, and is a member of the USC Chronic Pain and Chronic Headache Interdisciplinary Teams. She has presented on her occupational therapy work with chronic pain populations at multiple conferences, including the OTAC Oncology Symposium, USC Pain Symposium, and the AOTA Mental Health Specialty Conference. Dr. Reeves is passionate about health promotion and wellness and helping people to enhance their quality of life using a Lifestyle Redesign® approach. 

Related Courses

Nonpharmacological Pain Management Strategies: A Lifestyle Redesign® Approach
Presented by Lindsey Reeves, OTD, OTR/L, CEAS


Lindsey Reeves, OTD, OTR/L, CEAS
Course: #4982Level: Introductory1 Hour
  'The presentation was well organized and met the learning objectives'   Read Reviews
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Understanding Lifestyle Management Services for Treating Pain: Documentation and Case Study Examples
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Course: #5262Level: Introductory1 Hour
  'great course'   Read Reviews
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