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Psychological Treatment of Pain
If you injure a body part and you feel pain, you assume that the injured body part is creating the pain. But this is not correct. The injured body part is sending a message to the brain "injury here," and it is the brain that is creating your sensations of pain.
Sometimes the injury heals and the body part stops sending "injury here" messages to the brain, but the brain continues creating sensations of pain in the body part that is no longer injured. And sometimes the brain malfunctions and creates sensations of pain when there never was an injury.
When the brain is creating sensations of pain in a body part that is no longer injured, or never was injured, psychological treatment is necessary to alleviate the psychological component of pain. The psychological treatment is based on the concept of sending "no injury" messages to the brain until the brain stops creating sensations of pain.
If you sustain an injury, you may need to stop exercising to allow the injury to heal. But lack of exercise, as well as too much exercise, can cause or worsen your pain.
Pain often has both physical and psychological components, and requires both physical therapy and psychological treatment. At Cognitive Behavioral Psychologists of New Jersey we provide pain treatment that includes:
We have found that once the psychological treatment of pain has started to become effective, most pain patients can reduce or go off their medication with no increase in pain.
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Cognitive Behavioral Psychologists of New Jersey