Chronic pain is a combination of physical, psychological and emotional responses. If you can control the mental side of the responses, you may be able to reduce the frequency and severity of physical symptoms. At Sherman Counseling in Oshkosh, WI, we offer psychological services to reduce the suffering associated with chronic health conditions. This may be used as a standalone treatment or in combination with medication, surgery or physical therapy.
In this guide, we will explain how pain management works without medication so you can see if it is right for you.
How Psychological Pain Management Works
Psychological pain management aims to answer two questions: What is causing the pain, and which coping methods will work best for those causes? A chronic pain specialist will ask you about the type of pain you experience and any concerns you have associated with the pain.
After getting a comprehensive view of your pain levels and symptoms, the therapist will recommend coping techniques to try. These suggestions are entirely specific to your needs. With personalized pain management therapy, you can learn how to address the emotional side of pain, such as anxiety, depression, stress, and frustration. You can also learn how to change the way you think about pain – a true ‘mind over matter’ approach. The therapist may suggest lifestyle changes that will help control the pain, and you’ll learn how to complete tasks on your own so you don’t need to pay for further treatment.
Who Can Benefit from Non-Medical Pain Management?
Pain management through therapy can treat a wide range of conditions, including:
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Back pain
- Joint pain
- Work-related injuries (sometimes covered through workers compensation)
- Other chronic health conditions
You can change the way you feel as a result of these conditions, and you can reduce the depression and anxiety that comes with chronic pain. Simply put, psychological pain management allows you to get your life back. Those tasks you avoid because of your pain and suffering may soon be achievable. Improve function and mobility and restore function you’ve lost over time. A chronic pain specialist at our Oshkosh, WI therapist office would be happy to assist you.
To start the journey through pain management without medication, contact Sherman Counseling at 920-230-2065.