Taking Control of Your Pain: Why Addressing Psychological Factors is Crucial for Your Recovery
Musculoskeletal pain is a common problem that affects millions of people all over the world, and it can have a significant impact on their daily lives. There can be many different reasons for musculoskeletal pain, but research has shown that psychological factors also play a big role in the development and management of the condition.
Studies have revealed that stress, depression, and fear of movement can all contribute to musculoskeletal pain. People with these types of pain may also experience negative emotions that can worsen their symptoms during physical activity, known as ‘Movement-Evoked Pain’. Therefore, it is essential for individuals who experience this type of pain to be aware of the effect of their mental state and factor it into their pain management plan.
At CapitaHealth, we understand how important it is to address both physical and mental aspects of pain management. We encourage our patients to be proactive in exploring therapy that targets psychological factors to manage their musculoskeletal pain effectively. Such interventions have been found to be effective in reducing MEP in individuals with musculoskeletal pain.
Anxiety is a significant psychological factor that can exacerbate musculoskeletal pain, making it crucial to address as part of pain management. Different anxiety management strategies can be employed to manage anxiety in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques, mindfulness-based approaches, and physical activity.
CapitaHealth provides online therapy services staffed by licensed therapists to assist our patients with strategies and support to address the emotional component of their pain. Our focus is on providing patients with the guidance they need to manage anxiety and related psychological concerns.
We encourage our patients to take an active role in their treatment by seeking therapy that addresses both physical and psychological factors in their recovery. This includes talking therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, counseling, or alternative therapies such as meditation. By addressing these factors, we can help patients effectively manage their pain and improve their overall quality of life.
At CapitaHealth, we also educate patients on pain management techniques such as relaxation, mindfulness, and self-care. We offer resources such as physical therapy, mental health counseling, and support groups to help patients manage their pain. We work with medical professionals to develop personalized treatment plans for each patient based on their individual needs, encourage healthy lifestyle choices such as regular exercise and healthy eating habits, monitor and adjust medication dosages as needed, and help patients identify and address underlying causes of their pain.
If you are struggling with musculoskeletal pain and need the help of a therapist, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at CapitaHealth today.