What is the psychological approach to pain management as well as the neural interactions and links the brain goes through when a person is in pain there are multiple layers of complex abstract thoughts and feelings a person goes through which culminates how much pain a person feels and how they deal with pain. Psychology and psychological approaches to pain are an important and accepted part of the holistic pain management model research has shown that psychological approaches such as cognitive behaviour therapy cbt mindfulness and hypnotherapy can be important components in improving pain management and indeed for warding off or being of benefit . Psychological approaches to management of chronic pain introduction this chapter will discuss the various psychological approaches used to manage chronic pain chronic pain is a condition that affects a person physically psychologically and environmentally these factors in turn interact with each other to impact the pain. Current psychological approaches to the management of chronic pain include interventions that aim to achieve increased self management behavioral change and cognitive change rather than directly eliminate the locus of pain. Resources 1 gatchel rj turk dc psychological approaches to pain management a practitioners handbook guilford publications inc new york 1996
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