Talking yourself out of Pain

A thought provoking article from the BBC on using cognitive therapy to reduce pain. I am not sure how well this would work as a "stand alone" intervention but it’s certainly true that having someone explain why you are in pain demystifies it and stops it being quite so scary. I think chronic back pain is a bit like nagging toothache, you can go so long with painkillers but eventually you know that it needs to be dealt with.

On the down side there is the risk that chronic pain sufferers might be dismissed as "neurotic", quite a popular diagnosis in some quarters!