And it’s an issue that can arise in any stage of life.
In fact, chronic pain is a far-reaching problem, affecting people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds.
It can be extremely difficult to cope or deal with, especially when it pertains to certain times in our lives.
Pain doesn’t just affect our physical health and mobility, but it takes an enormous toll on us mentally.
Chronic pain can contribute to feelings of anxiety, depression, and powerlessness.
It can even interfere with our social lives and activities when we avoid making plans because we can’t anticipate how we’ll feel or when we have a hard time being present due to the pain we’re experiencing.
If we are in a period of high physical and emotional stress, chronic pain may feel like it’s amplified.
Pain is usually thought of as physical in nature, but it’s important to understand that there are biological, emotional, and psychological effects as well.
If you are stuck in a negative and self-deprecating state of mind, your chronic pain may feel worse over time if you don’t seek emotional support.
There’s a self-reinforcing feedback loop that occurs between physical and emotional pain and it’s important to get help to break the cycle before it gets out of control.
Having the ability to fully understand and take control of our emotions and actions that come from the struggles of chronic pain, will allow you to cope and reduce its intensity.
Furthermore, there are many different types of chronic pain.
One type, for example, is the kind of continuous pain cancer survivors experience post-treatment.
Whether the pain is from chemo/radiation or the cancer spreading to other parts of the body, these cancer survivors may endure chronic pain for months or years even after remission.
However, through proper treatment you can overcome chronic pain and/or learn to better handle it and your emotional responses to it.
Processing your thoughts and emotions about chronic pain with a trained therapist will allow you to learn techniques for better pain management.
CBT AND CHRONIC PAIN
One form of therapy that targets pain management is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
This method teaches you how to completely transform negative behaviors and thoughts by proposing a more positive outlook.
One you get in the habit of thinking more positive beliefs, your brain will completely rewire itself, pushing out the negative thought patterns.
This is a huge step towards a brighter and pain-free future.
Did you know that the perception of pain comes from the brain?
No, this doesn’t mean pain is purely a figment of your imagination, but by acknowledging certain daily thoughts and actions, you will be able to lessen the effects of pain even if it’s still present.
That’s why it’s crucial to never lose hope when it comes to overcoming chronic pain.
Our therapists will provide you with the support you need to recover and bounce back even stronger than before.
Did you know a staggering 1 in 3 people in the United States are living with a chronic illness?!
In addition to dealing with the physical aspects of chronic illness, there are often emotional and mental components that can throw a wrench in your recovery.
Chronic illnesses can also create additional hurdles for you, your career, and your relationships, making everyday life even harder.
As if life isn’t hard enough as it is!
Having to cancel plans, constantly be at the doctors office, taking pill after pill, and feeling hopeless that it will ever get better is most likely how you feel if you’re reading this.
You might develop negative beliefs about yourself as a result of your illness, which can hinder your ability to cope with typical life stressors (i.e. “I will always be sick,” “I’ll never find a treatment that will work,” etc.).
This negative thinking can cause an incessant loop of self-criticism and unhealthy coping mechanisms.
And nobody wants that.
That’s why our mission is to help you develop a skill set to help you manage the cards you were dealt and cultivate greater peace and empowerment regarding your chronic illness.
You are more than your illness.
We can help you with your day-to-day struggles and uncertainties you face on a consistent basis to help you get your life back.
OUR CHRONIC PAIN AND ILLNESS THERAPY METHODS
Therapy can successfully improve your life by helping you minimize the anxiety in your life, identify and change underlying thought and behavioral patterns that contribute to your struggles, and provide you with strategies to decrease discomfort while restoring an overall sense of peace.
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If you have any questions, contact one of our specialists for a free consultation any time.