Until you’ve experienced the grinding, exhausting prison of chronic pain, it is hard to understand how much it affects your life. Your sleep suffers, you feel constantly irritable, and even trivial activities drain your energy until it’s hard to imagine how you’ll go on. Depending on the cause of the pain, there may be medical interventions that offer help. But often, sufferers need to accept that pain management will be part of their lives indefinitely.
You may think that chronic pain would generally have a clear physical source, but in fact, our bodies are not that simple. Pain management is a complex and constantly evolving field. Concepts like neuroplasticity are highlighting more and more the connection between the mind and physical symptoms — and the capacity to control the latter with the former. Mindfulness, counselling and hypnotherapy are increasingly being employed to retrain how pain signals are registered by the brain.
The trained therapists at Bayside Psychotherapy are skilled in various counselling methodologies that may be helpful in treating people to manage their chronic pain. Although you should always maintain regular medical oversight, getting help to boost mental resilience may also be very empowering for people living with chronic pain.
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Self-hypnosis may also work well when used in conjunction with counselling. You can download our Pain Management Self Hypnosis recording from our website.
Mindfulness therapy and counselling may be able to help you manage your pain.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many people who live with pain find it very difficult not to sink into depression. When pain is unrelenting, and physical and emotional exhaustion can lead to low mood, sadness, anger, hopelessness, helplessness, depression and a loss of motivation. Joy and happiness can seem to be distant memories.
Individuals with chronic pain often avoid movement and taking part in activities for fear of exacerbating their symptoms. This leads to a cycle of avoidance and immobility which simply worsens the pain rather than making it better, as well as putting them at risk of social isolation.
When people experience pain over a long period of time, their neural pain receptors undergo changes that make them hypersensitive. Basically, this means your nervous system perceives pain when there is no actual danger of tissue damage — or the pain that is experienced is disproportionate to the damage that’s occurring. Excess muscle tension from anxiety can also create further psychological and physical distress.
Medication can make a big difference but it also comes with its own set of consequences, and some people need to avoid painkillers. It makes sense to equip yourself with as many strategies as possible to maintain your mental health when your body is under pressure. Many people also turn to therapeutic interventions to help them wean themselves off painkillers. Is it time for you to get help breaking these cycles?
Let’s work together to find a way that may help you to better cope.
At Bayside Psychotherapy, we know there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Our experienced therapists draw from various therapy traditions to create a customised program to suit you. Some of the approaches we may apply include meditation exercises, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, or hypnotherapy, or neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). Our therapists will work with you on your pain threshold, as well as addressing feelings of sadness and loss connected to chronic pain, and other related issues — such as techniques that may help with managing family and work responsibilities while experiencing pain.
Some people may report that their ability to ‘control’ their pain responses improve after just a few sessions while others may need much more treatment before they’re able to achieve results. As with any therapy, every client will have different circumstances. The cause, duration and intensity of the chronic pain will all affect treatment outcomes, as well as what you need to be able to accomplish in your day to day life, and what medical interventions you’re also undertaking.
We pride ourselves on our flexibility and collaborative approach to treatment. Your therapist will consult with you regularly to make sure your treatment is working, and adjust as necessary. Our goal is to find the best combination of treatment approaches for your needs.
Note Whilst we will do our best to assist you, we rely on our clients’ full commitment to and participation in the treatment process to optimise results. Although some of our therapists work with people presenting with this condition, no guarantees of any outcomes can be made.