Psychology Week is an annual initiative of the Australian Psychological Society that aims to increase public awareness of how psychology can help Australians lead healthier, happier and more meaningful lives.
Chronic pain affects about 20% of the Australian population.
Psychological treatments have been found to be effective in improving function and reducing distress associated with pain.
How Psychologists can help you with pain
In addition, stress can trigger muscle tension or muscle spasms that may increase pain. Managing your emotions can directly affect the intensity of your pain.
Psychologists can help you manage the stresses in your life related to your chronic pain.
Psychologists can help you learn relaxation techniques, such as meditation or breathing exercises to keep stress levels under control.
“Psychology intervention can include helping the person to explore and challenge their unhelpful thoughts/beliefs about pain, as well as the relaxation component.” said Nolene, one of our Clinical Psychologists.
Stress is an unavoidable part of life, but managing your stress will help your body and your mind and lessen your pain.
About Psychology Week
The APS and its psychologist members use Psychology Week to demystify and communicate the depth, breadth and many benefits of psychology.
Many Australians benefit from psychology every day, in almost every setting – from classroom to workplace, private clinics to large hospitals, sports fields, courtrooms and much more.