Our behavioral health team is uniquely trained to work in developing a plan for managing pain and improving the overall quality of life.
Behavioral health specialists provide care in treating depression, anxiety, anger or other troubling mood states.
The area in your brain where you perceive pain is closely connected to the emotional centers of the brain, at least partially explaining why most people with pain have isturbance in their mood. Our behavioral specialists will teach you tools to better manage depression, anxiety, anger and other troubling feelings that keep you from living more fully.
Adjusting to changes in life due to pain:
Chronic pain tends to bring about significant changes in your life, such as limiting your activity level or ability to fulfill life roles, such as mom, breadwinner or spouse, or maintaining the responsibilities you had before the pain. Our behavioral specialists help people to find meaning and fulfillment in their lives despite the pain.
Using power of the mind to better manage pain:
Ever notice that the pain you feel with a stubbed toe is different when it happens in front of a room full of strangers than when you are home alone after a particularly bad day? This has to do with things like attitude towards the pain, your belief in your ability to manage the pain, your ability to distract from the pain and what you are telling yourself when you have pain. Behavioral specialists help people build confidence in themselves and to promote independence and lessen anxiety about the pain and the future.
Teaching stress management and relaxation techniques:
Most people in pain tend to live in a state of chronic stress. Inevitably, your body is exhausted from living in pain and your mind is taxed from living with worry. Behavioral specialists help you to relax your mind and body by teaching you how to manage the stressors in your life that may maintain or intensify your pain. Specific stress management methods include relaxation techniques such as abdominal breathing, progressive muscle releasing, and guided imagery, which have been proven to be effective for people in chronic pain.
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