Arthritis sufferers could have their pain eased by learning to cope with the condition through counselling, scientists have claimed.
behavioural therapy (CBT) could help rheumatoid arthritis victims
manage their pain by allowing them to control their debilitating
symptoms. Experts believe
psychotherapy treatment works because it helps people focus on
overcoming negative thoughts, which alter the way they feel. A resulting positive outlook helps keep pain and adversity in context, allowing arthritis sufferers to cope with the condition.The 104 rheumatoid arthritis sufferers who took part in a recent study were selected for one of several treatments.
study, carried out by Louise Sharpe from the University of Sydney and
published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, compared CBT
with its separate components of cognitive therapy and behavioural
who took part were analysed at the start, post-treatment and six months
later on, where disease activity, joint function, disability and
psychological functioning were measured.
Source - Daily Mail