Developing Coping Strategies and Regaining Body Control
Pain can become chronic and this affects a large number of patients. The circumstances of chronic pain forces patients to deal with symptoms that even high quality medical care cannot resolve. Psychotherapy is a different approach that can be successful in helping patients manage pain.
Psychotherapeutic intervention is designed to help patients adjust and overcome living a life with pain. Psychological interventions for chronic pain can treat psychological outcomes such as depression and improve the patient’s quality of life.
The features of psychotherapy for managing pain include:
- Developing behaviors that limit the effects of pain in daily life
- Improving strategies to discourage behaviors that result in pain
- Reducing anxiety and raising the mood of the patient
- Establishing better control of the patient’s body
- Alternative techniques such as hypnosis, meditation, yoga, or biofeedback for mitigating pain
Psychotherapy does not involve the use of drugs and the patient regularly interacts with a trained psychologist and psychiatrist. The patient develops techniques to change unhealthy behaviors or emotions and improve their physical and mental well-being.
California Pain Medicine Center provides extensive psychotherapy services for patients in the Los Angeles area. To discuss your options and schedule an appointment, please call us today.