Emotional Awareness & Expression Therapy For Chronic Pain

One of the things to closely look at with chronic pain and chronic health issues are emotions.  As I have talked about before, the definition of pain is an ‘unpleasant sensory and emotional experience’. The longer pain goes on without healing or when pain occurs with no physical trauma, we need to look less at the body (tissues) and more at the mind (emotions). This study shows that EAET (Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy) is better than CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) for chronic musculoskeletal pain in older adults. So when it comes to chronic pain and the mind, there is emerging evidence that working with emotions rather than just thoughts can yield greater positive results.