Integrative Mental Health
The MCW Pain Management Clinic strives to offer a comprehensive mental health and psychological approach to management of pain. Using empirically proven strategies, we address the whole person from a mind-body standpoint. Services offered include: Psychological assessment, psychotherapy, biofeedback, mindfulness, guided imagery, support and education. A comprehensive educational therapy group is being developed.
For patients seeking an implantable device or other surgical or procedural intervention, we provide the necessary evaluation for approval and offer strategies to increase chances for a successful outcome
Most therapy is scheduled for 45 minutes and is generally goal oriented.
Essentially, biofeedback gives one the power to use thoughts to exert control in the body. Heart rate variability biofeedback, galvanic skin response (GSR) and thermal biofeedback modalities are often used. Biofeedback is often used as a relaxation technique with pain patients.
Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind to realize some benefit such as less stress, less pain, greater sense of control.
Hypnosis refers to a state of consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness. For some patients it can be useful for management of pain.
Guided imagery is a gentle mind-body therapy using the imagination and visualization particularly applicable for pain patients.
The Academy for Guided Imagery (AGI) classifies the therapeutic application of guided imagery into three categories:
- Stress reduction and relaxation
- Active visualization or directed imagery - for improving performance, changing behavior, or influencing an outcome
- Receptive imagery - in which words and images are brought to consciousness to explore and give information about symptoms, treatments, moods or illnesses