Dealing with Chronic Pain

Dealing with Chronic Pain

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Louis Zantema

5 January 2020

Louis is a GZ-Psychologist with a great passion for gaming. For him, a game training that offers therapy is the most valuable thing you can develop: especially for pain complaints, which are on the interesting intersection of body and mind. His aim is to make himself dispensable as a therapist.

Dealing with Chronic Pain, is that possible? Many people who suffer from pain for a long time are told by their doctor that they 'have to learn to deal with it'. That often doesn't sound so hopeful. What can you do about Chronic Pain?

Dealing with Chronic Pain: Treatment options

There are many different treatments for Chronic Pain. In short, there are the following types of treatment:

  • Medicine: The most commonly chosen treatment for pain, but because of side effects often a treatment that people stop or reduce as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, medication does not teach you how to deal with Chronic Pain.
  • Surgery: For some pain problems there is good evidence that operations help, but unfortunately there is also much evidence that operations with Chronic Pain often have little effect.
  • Physiotherapy: A physiotherapist teaches you how to deal with Chronic Pain in a physical way. For example, by learning to recognise your limits better. 
  • Psychology: A pain psychologist can teach you how pain works and set up exercises with you that make dealing with Chronic Pain easier. A psychologist often works well with a physiotherapist. Reducept also uses psychology to improve your grip on pain.

In this blog you can read more about how you can decide whether you have chosen the right treatment for yourself. 

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Do treatments without medication also help for pain?

Yes, there is a lot of research into pain, and there is a lot of evidence that there are other ways to reduce pain. Researchers have discovered that pain in the brain occurs, and that there are different ways to train the brain. For example, it helps to know how pain really works. There are also techniques from psychology that can help you get a better grip on your symptoms. On this blog you will find numerous exercises, examples and explanations about dealing with Chronic Pain!


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