Chronic pain affects more and more people every year. According to the American Psychological Association, approximately 100,000,000 people suffer from chronic pain. This has contributed to the current opioid crisis. Many people struggle with their pain for years, trying various means to reduce or eliminate it that all too often provide only limited help.
Pain management consists of working on the psychological component of your pain symptoms. These can include your social interactions and how the pain affects your relationships and daily living. It also includes ways in which to reduce stress surrounding your symptoms, and learning to reduce the pain flare ups and overall experience over time.
Best practice for acute and chronic pain management include psychotherapy and mind/body therapies. These can include hypnotherapy, biofeedback, meditation, and relaxation training. All of these are offered at Chicago Psychology Services to provide you wit relief and more freedom in coping with your pain.