CBT has been shown in recent studies to be more effective than standard care in managing pain. One study compared patients who exercised, patients who exercised and used CBT, and patients who only used CBT. The CBT and CBT/exercise groups reported the highest improvement in their well-being (37% and 33%, respectively). This therapy is also effective because it is short in duration, lasting only 8-10 sessions, and attacks the cognitive aspects of pain from the angles of behavioral activation, lifestyle change, and cognitive restructuring. These aspects aim to improve the occurrence of fun and rewarding activities, identifying and eliminating negative thoughts, and improving diet and exercise habits.
CBT could be a great complement to a chronic pain sufferer's existing pain management regimen if done properly and with commitment. If you are interested in seeking CBT therapy, you might want to consult with your pain management physician.
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