Pain Psychology

Pain Psychology plays a critical role in ensuring that a chronic pain condition is being managed and treated through a biopsychosocial framework with interdisciplinary treatment approach.

The interdisciplinary treatment approach involves doctors and specialist, physical therapist, psychologist and other relevant health providers.

In addition to physical symptoms, chronic pain sufferers usually also present with various psychological symptoms, such as lowered and depressed mood, anxiety, stress, anger and frustration, sleep issues, shame and guilt, fear avoidance, catastrophizing thoughts, worthlessness and helplessness and many more. 

Moreover, even difficulties with communication and relationships may occur in the context of chronic pain condition. 

What do the sessions involve?

Pain psychology is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy principles (CBT)

Psychoeducation on pain
and persistent pain​

Mindfulness and relaxation training

Thought and Emotion management

Psychoeducation on sleep and Sleep hygiene​

Pacing and Goal Setting

Flare up Management

Relationships and Communication

Literature shows that treatment focussing ONLY on reducing pain intensity are less likely to be successful than those also addressing pain-related distress and disability (*APS Guiding Principles for Pain Management). 

The aim of Pain Psychology treatment

The aim of Pain Psychology treatment is to minimise the impact of chronic pain condition on patient’s life including home life, work, leisure, family and social life, by decreasing emotional distress and physiological arousal which are resulted from persistent pain.

Utilising various cognitive behavioural strategies to manage pain, it is expected that patients are able to improve their psychological and mental state, improve their daily functioning, and improve overall optimism about their future despite pain.

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Chronic Persistent Pain can be complex and may affect many aspects of your life including your Physical Health and Well Being, Sleep and Mental Status along with your Work, Finances, Relationship, Social Life and Everyday Routines.

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