In search of relief : self care strategies for clients with chronic pain

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Styles, Mary Helen
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, c2012
Chronic pain differs from acute pain in origin and manifestations and is often accompanied by depression and anxiety. There are considerable challenges for both the client and counsellor/psychotherapist in dealing with the issues raised by the experience of the client with chronic pain. This final project examines theories of chronic pain, describes current research into the use of cognitive behavioural therapy for clients with chronic pain, and highlights the current research into the use of mindfulness-based and acceptance-based cognitive behavioural therapies for chronic pain by means of a comprehensive literature review. This project also involves producing psycho-educational material in the form of a proposed manual for clients detailing strategies that can be implemented while waiting for a group therapy program. Evidence suggests a wide applicability of “third wave” psychotherapies such as dialectical behaviour therapy, and mindfulness- and acceptance-based therapies for clients with chronic pain. Applicable strategies include breathing, mindfulness and meditation techniques, sleep hygiene and nutritional guidance, suggestions for exercise, emotion regulation techniques, and assertive communication. The intent of this project is to examine current psychotherapeutic approaches to pain relief and to distil the results of research into a future manual of proven strategies for clients to be used prior to, or concurrently with, formal therapy. Implementation of these preliminary strategies will raise awareness, facilitate skill development and enhance self-management in order to minimize the impact of pain on the client’s life and family, improve the therapeutic experience, and to alleviate the burden on society and the health care system.
ix, 119 leaves ; 29 cm
Chronic pain -- Psychological aspects , Chronic pain -- Alternative treatment , Pain -- Psychological aspects , Pain -- Alternative treatment