How Can Psychotherapy Help You Cope with Chronic Pain?
The number of Americans who experience chronic pain is estimated to be 100 million. Many of them suffer from pain that has no known medical source, whether it is chronic neck pain, back pain, fibromyalgia symptoms or something else entirely.
Waiting in Vain Without Psychotherapy
No pain begins as chronic. New pain often arises suddenly and unexpectedly, whether as the result of a fall, an accident, a misstep or for no apparent reason at all. Medication, physical treatment and rest are common recommendations. However, these treatments are ineffective for specific individuals’ pain. Therefore, they expect things to get better, but nothing ever does.
The road ahead is cloudier in these situations, and doctors are more likely to suggest trying a new medicine or waiting (often for a very long time) to see if any other treatments improve their condition. Unfortunately, this period of uncertainty may last for a long time, even years. Then, while they wait in agony for medical treatment to end their pain, their lives start to fall apart.
If this sounds like your situation, Medici Spine & Pain offers psychotherapy to give you the tools you need to cope with chronic pain and its repercussions on your life.
Psychotherapy Shows You How to Handle Your Emotions
A common misconception is that pain is only experienced physically. However, there are physical, mental and emotional components to suffering. In addition, feelings of rage, hopelessness, depression and anxiety are all possible outcomes of living with chronic pain. Psychotherapy is helpful because it teaches you to recognize and cope with your emotions.
You Will Learn Techniques to Relax the Mind and Body
Learning how to calm your thoughts and muscles can profoundly affect pain management. During your psychotherapy sessions at Medici Spine & Pain, you will learn stress-reducing techniques such as muscular relaxation, deep breathing and meditation from an expert chronic pain psychotherapist. These tactics can also help you feel better about your situation.
Consulting a Psychologist for Chronic Pain Relief
Psychologists are trained to help patients deal with the emotions and responses accompanying long-term suffering. However, it is impossible to separate the mind from the body — particularly when managing chronic discomfort.
At Medici Spine & Pain, our purpose is to teach you the skills you need to make your life better in every way. In addition, our psychologists can help you strengthen your mental and emotional health to end suffering. If you are seeking help with chronic pain, please contact one of our clinics.
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