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Challenging Health Concepts with CBT

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help you to identify and change the unhelpful or unhealthful concepts you may have about how your body. Altering the workings out of how you arrive at your diagnosis can change the meaning to your diagnosis and therefore your experience of your diagnosis. Addressing your unhelpful thoughts about the world around you, your potential future and unhealthy thoughts you might have about you and your person can all help to alter a pain experience of a diagnosis.

Anxiety is the corollary of increased muscle tone. Increased muscle tone can mean muscles and joints can get sore.

Depression is a predictor of future back pain episodes. A current pain experience about your body may be linked or may have developed from an earlier bout of depression in your life.

Here’s an example of how perception / concepts can alter experience:

If you experience sharp pain that travels down your leg you may consider this is definitive evidence that you have a trapped nerve. Someone else may consider this as definitive evidence for having a disc herniation. How each person then imagines their future with their problem e.g. discs are going to get worse or a trapped nerve just needs to be released or un-trapped can have a significant impact upon one’s experience of pain and discomfort right now. If you already considered yourself strong and robust then you’d be better off than if you considered yourself sickly and lazy. Adding the concepts of how you see yourself, what your pain means about your body and what the near future holds together can give us some positive and some negative aspects to our own prognosis.

How we arrive at the meaning of the sensations we notice can affect us as well as any physical malady. How we approach pain experiences, what meanings we attach to such experiences and the current context of our life can all affect how we react to having an ailment such as back pain.

How we react in the first instance is likely to be perpetuated in all future experiences. Managing effectively your first pain episode is key to your longer term health and the concepts you hold about you. Seek treatment sooner than later.

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