CBT Pain Management
Unfortunately, despite advances in medicine, a significant minority of people suffer from chronic, and in some cases severe, pain. Low back pain is particularly pervasive and sometimes extremely disabling. In some cases no available surgical or medication treatments are feasible or effective in removing a person's pain.
While medical pain management often aims to remove the pain through means such as medication or surgery, CBT pain management aims to equip sufferers with skills to live with and tolerate the pain. They are taught skills to minimise their focus on pain, and minimise the extent of anxiety, depression and anger, even in the presence of persistent pain. CBT for chronic pain aims to improve coping skills, reduce disability, and increase the person's quality of life.