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Depression, Anxiety and Pain

Negative feelings and emotions can lead to physical pain and make existing pain more pronounced. Also, people who suffer from chronic pain are prone to psychological issues that can include anxiety, stress, depression and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. The mind-body connection is strong and the relationship between depression, anxiety and pain has been the […]

Psychology of Pain

In addition to the physical sensations of pain, there are psychological factors that may come into play. Pain is a very individual experience that is subjective. Everyone has a different tolerance to pain and patients cope with it in different ways. People’s beliefs about pain and the coping mechanisms they use play a role in […]

Perception of Pain

The experience of pain can bring mild discomfort, excruciating pain and various levels of pain in between.  The way in which feelings of pain are processed by the body can vary among people, and the physiology of pain perception is complex. This is why the sensation of pain is a very individual experience. As difficult […]

Relaxation Training

Stress, tension and anxiety are common among sufferers of chronic pain conditions. These feelings can damage our health, weaken our immune system and amplify pain. Research has shown that stress has a physiological effect on the body and can raise blood pressure and heart rate while depressing the immune system. People who suffer from chronic […]

Cognitive Restructuring

It’s easy to get caught up in negativity and depression when dealing with pain of any kind, especially if it’s chronic pain. Cognitive restructuring is a therapeutic method used to help people sort through their negative emotions and issues. The chatter in our heads is a powerful force that can help us achieve goals and […]

Stress and Anger Management

Being in constant, agonizing pain can be extremely stressful on the body and mind. Over time, this problem can take a toll on sufferers unless they are able to find adequate pain management and develop useful coping techniques. Having emotional distress and chronic pain can rob people of their happiness, motivation and personality. It can […]

The Effects of Sleep and Pain in your Life

Sleep is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but many people develop bad sleep habits that inhibits the appropriate quality and time of rest. A good night’s sleep is especially important for people who suffer from illnesses, injuries and conditions that cause chronic pain. There are many ways in which we sabotage our own […]

Activity Pacing and in Chronic Pain Patients

Activity Pacing (AP) is a Central Concept to many Theories and Treatments   People who have chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, back pain or rheumatoid arthritis tend to take it easy, many because they are afraid to aggravate their condition. Many chronic pain sufferers believe that rest is best but just the opposite is […]