Beating arthritis is all in your head

Arthritis sufferers could have their pain eased by learning to cope with the condition through counselling, scientists have claimed.
Cognitive 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.
The 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 therapy.
Patients 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 

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