Pain is the most common reason that people see a physician. Unfortunately, alleviating pain isn’t always straightforward.
Pain serves an important purpose by alerting you to injuries such as a sprained ankle or bruised hand. Chronic pain, however, is often more complex. People often think of pain as a purely physical sensation. However, pain has 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 the physical, emotional and psychological aspects. Medical treatments, including medication, surgery, rehabilitation and physical therapy, may be helpful for treating chronic pain.
In addition, Psychological treatments is important part of chronic pain management to address psychological and emotional factors. Understanding and managing the thoughts, emotions and behaviours that accompany the discomfort can help one cope more effectively with their pain and can actually reduce the intensity of the pain.
At Psynaptica, as part of Body with Soul healthcare network, our Clinical Psychologists work with other healthcare providers such as osteopaths, physiotherapists and GPs in helping manage pain effectively.