Many pain management clinics use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to manage chronic lower back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and other long-term medical conditions. CBT involves changing thoughts and behaviors, learning new coping skills, and turning this cognitive restructuring into action.
CBT therapy uses techniques such as progressive relaxation to reduce muscular tension and decrease emotional distress. By learning how to divert their attention away from the pain, patients report positive outcomes for longer periods than some other pain reduction techniques.
Pain management clinics typically receive CBT training from professional organizations such as American Pain Society, International Association for the Study of Pain, and the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy.