Our highly skilled mental healthcare professionals work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, providing advice, support and therapeutic techniques, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), designed to suit each individual’s needs.
Because of the chronic and persistent pain and fatigue experienced, it is common for Fibromyalgia sufferers to develop habits of activity and rest that may not be the best way to deal with their symptoms. CBT can assist patients identify unhelpful ways of thinking and acting, encourage healthy and positive changes, and therefore reduce the levels of pain and fatigue experienced.
CBT is proven to be effective in easing symptoms of Fibromyalgia; commonly called ‘talking therapy’ it is designed to help patients change their outlook and thoughts on life, including their condition and symptoms.
CBT can improve quality of life for many people with chronic widespread pain by teaching them techniques to cope with what they are feeling.
Chronic pain can make people suffer from a number of negative feelings including anxiety, stress, sadness, lack of energy, loss of appetite or insomnia. This can result in a negative cycle of symptoms, emotions and behaviours. CBT can help to change the way a patient feels about their pain and allow them to take control over the impact it is having on their life.
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