Kimberly Breeden, MS, OTR/L, Coach & Founding Partner

Tennessee’s Chronic Pain Bill

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The passage of Tennessee’s Chronic Pain Bill recognizing occupational therapy as an alternative treatment for opioids for individuals with chronic pain was another positive step forward in improving the treatment of pain.

As an OT practitioner of 25 years, I can’t think of a treatment setting that I have not encountered individuals with pain. During most of my career, I experienced frustration that I could not do more to help relieve pain for my clients. I look back and truly regret that I did not understand pain as a biopsychosocial condition. That lack of understanding prevented me from maximizing my occupational therapy training to improve the quality of life of those with chronic pain. Once I improved my knowledge of pain physiology to the biological, psychological and social factors that impact pain, I empowered individuals with pain to manage their conditions better using skills I had already acquired through my OT training.

In my opinion, no other profession is better equipped to provide biopsychosocial interventions than occupational therapy.

I am so excited that Aspire OT is now providing our courses “Occupational Therapy’s Role in the Treatment of Chronic Pain” online in live webinars. Niccole and I are dedicated to helping other OT professionals gain a better understanding to the treatment of pain and the role they can play in promoting OT’s distinct value in combating the opioid crisis.

Kimberly Breeden, MS, OTR/L, Founding Partner
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OT and Opioid Guidelines: Bridging Policy and Practice

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