If you’re one of the 20% of Americans living with chronic pain, adding behavioral therapy to your treatment plan could improve your pain and quality of life! The pain management experts at Boston PainCare in Waltham, Natick, and Concord, Massachusetts, use behavioral therapy as part of our integrated approach to pain management.
Our team put together this guide to explain what behavioral therapy is and the relationship between this treatment modality and pain management. Keep reading to learn what you need to know about this innovative approach to pain management!
What is behavioral therapy?
Behavioral therapy is an area of care concerned with helping patients understand, identify, and change behaviors to promote healthier outcomes. Central to behavioral therapy is the belief that our behaviors are learned and therefore changing our actions can change our experience in the world.
There are many types of behavioral therapy approaches. At Boston PainCare, our specialists practice the following types of behavioral therapy modalities:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Relaxation and stress management techniques
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Mindfulness techniques
- Complimentary workshops
- Chronic pain support groups
- Opioid medication management
Our team also works with community programs and support organizations, including in-home health services and job retraining programs.
What is the relationship between pain management and behavioral therapy?
The physical and emotional stress that accompanies chronic pain means that your pain affects multiple areas of your life and wellbeing. In fact, depending on your pain, no area of your life may be untouched. Your relationships, work, hobbies and interests, physical fitness, eating choices, mental health, and your ability to cope in healthy ways can all suffer.
Since it’s sometimes difficult to eradicate chronic pain completely, behavioral therapy provides a way to help you manage life with chronic pain. By encouraging steps in the right direction, patients with chronic pain are better able to change their pain experience and improve their quality of life.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in particular has proved successful in helping patients with chronic pain improve their quality of life. CBT helps you identify and develop skills that change your thoughts and behaviors from unhelpful to helpful.
When it comes to chronic pain, CBT allows you to change your awareness of your pain experience so that you can change the way you think and act in response to the pain. As your thoughts and reactions improve, people experience relief from their pain as well as an overall improvement in their quality of life.
CBT works best when used with other types of pain management methods, like medications, injections, nerve blocks, physical therapy, and chiropractic care.
How can I learn more about behavioral therapy for pain management?
The chronic pain experts at Boston PainCare use a multidisciplinary approach to offer the best in pain management. Our board-certified physicians evaluate your symptoms to provide the solutions you need for long-term relief from chronic pain.
Your Boston PainCare provider takes time to answer any questions you have about behavioral therapy for pain management and can make customized recommendations based on your symptoms and underlying condition.
Our comprehensive behavioral therapy program helps you attain a more optimistic view and better manage your physical and emotional health so you can live a better life with chronic pain.
Learn how behavioral therapy can help you manage your chronic pain by contacting the Boston PainCare office nearest you in Waltham, Natick, or Concord, Massachusetts!