Chronic pain is one of the most distressing conditions one can experience, yet medical interventions are limited. Psychological techniques help patients cope with pain, and actually reduce pain signals in the body and brain.
Dr Cathcart is at the forefront of latest developments in pain treatment. His research on pain psychophysiology has been published worldwide, and his team was the first to clinically trial Brief Mindfulness-Based Therapy for chronic headache (see Resources for more information).
Pain management may include:
- Activity assessment and scheduling
- Relaxation training
- Muscle relaxation
- Controlled breathing
- Stress management
- Anger management
- Medication monitoring
- Assessment and modification of cognitive and behavioural coping styles
- Interpersonal and communication skills (e.g. for dealing with friends, family, and health care practitioners when you are in pain)
- Strategies for reducing effects of pain on mood, sleep, attention, study, work, etc
- Helping to come to terms with chronic pain and assisting with moving forward in life