Family therapy is effective in helping the patient with chronic pain learn ways to manage their pain, as well as decrease the emotional and other stressors faced by the patient and the family due to the patient’s chronic pain.
Family therapy helps bring light to those unconscious behaviours by family members that perpetuate or maintain the patient’s pain behaviour, such as unintentional reinforcements of maladaptive behaviours. Family therapy also helps the patient, as well as the other family members, deal with their psychological and emotional issues which can help them manage the patient’s pain as well as their emotional well-being.
The number of sessions required depends on the unique challenges faced by the family as a result of chronic pain as well as any other issues present.
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