Chronic pain can be unbearable and at times, it can feel like no one understands what you are feeling and how hard it is to manage the pain every day. In the past, it seemed that medication was the only way for someone to cope with their pain. Science now tells us that therapy can be an effective tool in the management of severe chronic pain.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is a form of talk therapy, can help people to identify and develop skills to change negative thoughts and behaviors into positive thoughts and successful coping skills. Science tells us that the perception of pain is in our brains, which means that we can impact the feeling of physical pain by addressing the thoughts and behaviors that fuel the pain. CBT, when used in conjunction with other treatment modalities such as medication management, physical therapy or massage can bring about positive changes in an individual’s life.
If you are interested in learning about the potential benefit Cognitive Behavioral Therapy may have for your chronic pain management program, please contact me for more information. I am certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and also completed additional studies specifically about chronic pain management techniques.