Physical pain is an inevitable fact of life. But, what can you do when you’ve run out of medical options, and your pain does not go away? Pain Management using psychotherapy can help.
Pain is our body’s way of alerting us to danger or tissue damage. However, sometimes there is nothing you can do to control the cause of pain or the body’s alert system simply malfunctions. An example would be when someone suffers from chronic pain, such as lower back pain.
While pain hurts, how we respond to this pain is what causes our suffering.
Read the last sentence again. Trying to reduce pain without the right psychological strategies is maladaptive and causes more suffering and loss of pleasure in life. Pain management psychotherapy is based on this principle.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT is one of the psychological therapies that are very effective with managing pain. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT can help you develop strategies so you can live a meaningful life alongside any physical pain.
Pain doesn’t need to dominate your life. Everybody can learn to engage with activities even though they may still feel pain using the management techniques they learn in psychotherapy. A diagnostic assessment can let you know if you may benefit from psychotherapy.