The Problem of Pain
If you experience chronic pain due to back injury, fibromyalgia, accident or illness you probably have been searching for a “solution” for your pain. Along the way you have probably tried a variety of medications, physical therapy, surgery, and alternative treatments. Yet, you still experience pain and, even worse, the likelihood is that your life has become a mere shadow of what it was before the pain became such a problem. Struggling with pain may be the main focus of your life.
The Pain Solutions approach for individuals and groups is a synthesis of two approaches which have been successfully used with pain patients to help them manage their medical condition and develop the skills to cope with adverse psychological reactions to having that condition.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is an approach that teaches participants a variety of powerful, yet gentle, mindfulness practices including mindfulness meditation, simple muscle stretching and relaxation, and mental imagery. Clinical studies of mindfulness practices have demonstrated their effectiveness in helping individuals with stress, depression, anxiety, hypertension, headaches, insomnia, fatigue, cancer, GI distress, chronic pain and heart disease.
The contextual behavioral approach used is ACT –Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. ACT has been listed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. government as an empirically supported treatment.
Using selected components of MBSR and ACT you will learn:
- behavioral strategies to decrease the impact of negative thoughts and feelings, and increase psychological flexibility
- how to start rebuilding your life
- simple sitting and walking meditation techniques to cope with pain and stress
- how the inter-connections of mind and body influence pain and how these connections can facilitate healing.
A recent article discussing the ACT approach to pain can be found at Contextual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain
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Please contact Dr. Kravitz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-635-3O11 for enrollment information and to learn how you can create solutions for your chronic pain problems.