Living with chronic pain changes almost all aspects of one’s life. What was once easy to do, might now feel impossible. Fortunately, there have been many advances in the management of chronic pain. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for chronic pain is one technique to add to your arsenal.
Although it rarely feels true, pain is perception and we can exercise control over our perception. CBT focuses first on helping patients learn ways to manage their perception of pain. It also highlights the importance of active coping strategies, such as exercise and use of massage, over passive coping strategies. Have you been feeling hopeless when it comes to pain? CBT is designed to help you regain control over your body.
There is strong research support demonstrating the effectiveness of CBT for managing chronic pain. It is a brief, skills-based approach. In conjunction with your medical treatment, therapy can offer another tool for fighting against chronic pain. Chronic pain also affects your close relationships and many patients choose to include their caregivers/partners in the therapy process.
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