Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) attempts to teach people how to change the way they think about pain and how they behave when they do experience a pain episode.

Chronic back pain can have profound psychological effects. And, as such, specific treatment to address these psychological boundaries needs to be incorporated into the management of chronic back pain.

A particularly effective psychological treatment for chronic back pain is cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) attempts to teach people how to change the way they think about pain and how they behave when they do experience a pain episode.

Here are a few articles related to the treatment of chronic back pain with cognitive behavioral therapy.

What is cognitive behavioral therapy? | Healthy Tips For Better Life

If someone is suffering chronic pain, there will be a reference to physical therapists and cognitive behavioral therapists (CBT). All the evidence shows that a combination of strength and mobility building exercises, supported by CBT, produces significant improvements. In the US, one doctor retains control over your treatment and only rarely calls others in for a consult. If you want CBT in our healthcare service, you have to pay privately.

What is CBT? The cognitive means an attempt to explain your body and the way it works. Your mind is able to control the body more effectively when you understand why it is acting in this way. Then the therapist looks at your behavior and makes practical suggestions as to how how might change your lifestyle to reduce the pain and live a more normal life. (Read Full Article)

Publish Date: 09/11/2011 11:55

For Your Aching Back – Medicine Science

Rethinking your aching back could go a long way toward relieving the pain. A study from England found that patients with chronic lower back pain who underwent up to six group sessions of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) in addition to standard treatment reported greater improvements than a similar group of patients who received standard treatment alone. (Read Full Article)

Publish Date: 08/10/2011 11:43

Managing chronic pain with 10 Minute CBT

This clip contains an excerpt from the DVD “10 Minute CBT in practice: Physical Health and long-term conditions”. In this scenario, a GP demonstrates simple CBT strategies for managing a patient with chronic back pain.

Cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to be effective in reducing pain intensity, pain-related interference, health-related quality of life, work-related disability, and depression.

While cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback, relaxation therapy, and hypnosis can be particularly effective in managing chronic back pain, CBT and associated therapies will not cure chronic back pain. Rather, CBT teaches you how to cope with your pain and resume a normal lifestyle.

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