A day at a pain rehabilitation center

Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

Emma Bowen, 10, of Taunton, who suffers from foot pain, soaks her feet in hot water at the Waltham center.

Here is an example of a typical day for children treated at the outpatient Mayo Family Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center in Waltham:

8 a.m. TO 9 a.m.


Work one on one with a physical therapist to build muscle and endurance doing sit-ups, push-ups, and training to help them walk without assistance.

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9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Work one on one with an occupational therapist on, for example, becoming less sensitized to pain when getting dressed or getting jostled in a crowded hallway.

10 A.M. TO 11 A.M.

Meet individually with a psychologist to discuss their fears and anxieties about pain and learn coping strategies to help them return to normal activities.



Attend group physical

therapy, which might mimic a gym class or playground game.

noon TO 1 P.M.

Attend “study hall” where they complete schoolwork and meet with a physician to discuss the progress of their treatment.

1 P.M. TO 2 P.M.

Eat lunch in cafeteria with staff member who helps them choose foods tailored to their individual nutritional needs.


2 P.m. To 3 P.M.

Attend a group psychology session with other program participants to learn to provide support for each other.

Parents are invited to take part in their child’s therapy:

3 P.M. TO 4 P.M.

Parents observe physical therapy or occupational therapy or attend a family psychology session. On Wednesdays, parents attend a three-hour educational session in the afternoon.