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Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Back Pain

A lot of people know that Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is effective for anxiety, depression, and many other psychiatric problems… But we’re guessing that not as many people know that CBT also reduces physical pain associated with many medical disorders and problems.

Check out this NY Times article — it talks about a review of 22 different studies, which show that psychological treatments reduce lower back pain. The two treatments that were most effective were Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Self-Regulatory Therapy. For a full list of disorders that CBT can treat, including MANY medical problems, see Cognitive Behavior Therapy Outcome Studies (sources are at bottom of disorder list).