Can you talk your back pain away?

February 26, 2010 2:04:01 PM PST
If you suffer from chronic back pain, a little talk therapy could be just what the doctor orders.

A new study finds back pain patients can soothe their aches with cognitive behavioral therapy.

It's a short-term treatment aimed at challenging and reframing negative beliefs. It works by focusing on the way a person looks at their health problems so they can determine how they will behave or how they will manage it.

The theory is, if you have unhelpful ways of thinking about back pain, then you will manage it in unhelpful ways.

Back pain is one of the three most disabling conditions in the developed world.