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Chronic Pain

Our bodies are intended to feel pain along with injuries or serious illnesses, but when physical pain lasts for more than 3 months then it is considered Chronic Pain. Pain signals in the brain keep firing after an injury has healed or there may be an ongoing cause of pain. Common causes of chronic pain include arthritis, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, migraines, and back pain.

Chronic pain can be difficult to treat and can cause problems in daily life including isolation, depression, anxiety, and dependency on drugs and alcohol to cope. Many talk therapies can be useful in managing chronic pain including relaxation techniques, behavior modification, psychotherapy, and hypnosis.

At Claibourne Counseling, we offer caring treatment for individuals seeking to manage pain!