Pain is a a funny thing, we all suffer from it, some get off on it, some inflict it and others just suffer in silence and bear it.
When psychologists think about treating it, we have to consider the biological, psychological and emotional factors. Furthermore, chronic pain can cause feelings such as anger, hopelessness, sadness and anxiety.
To treat pain effectively, one must address all these aspects . Understanding and managing the thoughts, emotions and behaviors that come with the discomfort can help you cope more effectively with your pain and can actually reduce the intensity of your pain.
You also may be asked to complete a questionnaire that allows you to record your own thoughts and feelings about your pain. Having a comprehensive understanding of your concerns will help the psychologist begin to develop a treatment plan.
The treatments are designed for each patient individually. The plan often involves teaching relaxation techniques, changing old beliefs about pain, building new coping skills and addressing any anxiety or depression that may accompany your pain.
Studies have found that some psychotherapy can be as effective as surgery for relieving chronic pain because psychological treatments for pain can alter how your brain processes pain sensations.
A psychologist can also help you make lifestyle changes that will allow you to continue participating in work and recreational activities. And because pain often contributes to insomnia, a psychologist may also help you learn new ways to sleep better.
So, if you are experiencing any kind of pain or know someone in that situation, do not hesitate to see a psychologist to help you to improve you quality of life.
At CiT Counselling we have several tools and devices to minimise pain.
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