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Pain Relief Program

Learn about the Pain Relief program for UC San Diego campus-funded employees who suffer from painful muscular conditions in high risk occupations.

New: Wednesday evening sessions are now available: See Apply Now for more information.

About the Pain Relief program

The Pain Relief program sponsored by Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) is intended to help employees manage muscular pain by combining treatment, stretching, ergonomics, and proper body mechanics.

Participants receive Pain Relief therapy 30 minutes per week for 3 consecutive weeks by a certified therapist using Trauma Release™ Therapy (TRT), a hands-on deep tissue treatment for painful muscle conditions. Pain Relief sessions are performed at selected sites on campus to minimize your time away from work.

Who can benefit?

Pain Relief therapy will benefit employees that:

  • Perform repetitive tasks or maintain static postures for long periods
  • Perform frequent physical activities such as lifting, pushing and pulling, overhead reaching, and other awkward postures
  • Have severe muscular pain
  • Experience pain that interferes with their work

Apply for the Pain Relief program if you have any of these symptoms

  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Forearm, elbow, or wrist pain
  • Upper or lower back pain
  • Sciatica, hip or leg pain
  • Knee or ankle pain
  • Carpal Tunnel syndrome, repetitive motion strains or sprains
  • Muscular burning, tingling, numbness, aching, or pain


This is a no-cost program for qualifying campus employees and departments (with exceptions).

Apply now!

Submit a Pain Relief Program Qualification form to see if you qualify at no cost to you or your department:

  • For individuals and departments fill this online form.
    • After-hour appointments are available on Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m for individuals unable to attend a session during business hours. If an after-hours appointment is needed, include the request on your form. For departments, on-site sessions require a minimum of 8 qualifying employees.

Note: If you are involved in medical treatment or therapy, EH&S recommends that you complete the prescribed regimen and then consult with your physician to see if this program is appropriate for you.

Note: This page has a friendly link that is easy to remember: http://blink.ucsd.edu/go/painrelief