Pacing and Goal Setting for Pain Management

Pacing and goal setting are important parts of management for people with persistent pain. Here is a recent and very detailed overview of pacing from the National Health Service in the UK.

Why set a pace?


  • Is a technique for managing persistent pain that often involves taking a break before you need to.
  • May reduce the severity and duration of flare-ups.
  • Can help with feelings of frustration and low mood through repeated pain flare-ups.
  • May reduce the risk of medication overuse and adverse effects from this.
  • Enables activities that have been reduced because of pain to be started up again.
  • Reduces the risk of losing physical condition.

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