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Overview

CBT helps relieve pain in various ways. One way it does this is by helping the person change the way they perceive their pain. CBT helps the person change their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours associated with their pain, enhances coping strategies, as well as helps the person put their pain in a better context. This allows the person to recognize that their pain does not significantly interfere with their quality of life, which makes them function better.
CBT can also cause changes in the brain’s physical response. Pain can lead to stress, which affects the secretion of pain control chemicals in the brain such as serotonin and norepinephrine. By helping the person reduce stress, CBT helps the body’s natural pain relief response to work more effectively, thus relieving pain.
CBT has been found to be at least as good as and in some cases even better than other treatments for pain management as it involves far fewer risks or side effects than surgery or medications. In treating chronic pain, CBT is most often combined with other treatment interventions such as medications, massage, weight loss, physical therapy, or surgery in extreme cases.
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How effective is CBT for Chronic Pain?

CBT is effective in treating chronic pain by helping change the negative thoughts and behaviours that fuel pain as well as helping reduce stress that hampers the release of the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals.

What are the benefits of CBT for Chronic Pain?

There are various benefits to considering CBT as an additional intervention for treating chronic pain along with medications and other treatment options. CBT encourages a problem-solving attitude which allows people to feel more in control and able to positively impact their experience of pain, helps the person learn strategies that help them cope with their pain and other emotional issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, etc. that fuel their pain, and helps people to change their thoughts and behaviours to more constructive, positive ones that can significantly enhance their quality of life.

How many numbers of sessions are required?

The number of sessions depends on the individual’s severity of condition, presence and intensity of other emotional issues, as well as how responsive the individual is to CBT sessions.