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Psychogenic pain

Psychogenic pain is caused, increased, or perpetuated by mental, emotional, or behavioral factors. Low back pain, neck pain, jaw pain, pelvic pain, headache and abdominal pain are common places to experience psychogenic pain.

People suffering from psychogenic pain often stigmatized, because both medical professionals and laypeople tend to pain from psychological source as not "real". However, it is no less hurtful than pain from other sources. Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage. Many people experience pain in the absence of tissue damage or physiological cause for psychological reasons. If they regard their experience as pain and if they report it in the same ways as pain caused by actual tissue damage, it should be accepted as pain. Medicine refers also to chronic psychogenic pain under the tern persistent somatoform pain disorder. It is common to have a psychogenic pain syndrome in tandem with a pain condition like low back pain that is caused by mechanical or physiological problems.

Treatment for psychogenic pain (pure or mixed with mechanical/physiological pain) may include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Training
  • Yoga (Raja, Pranayama, Asana, Meditation)
  • Qigong
  • Feldenkrais
  • Alexander
  • Guided Imagery
  • Visualization
  • Osteopathy

Holisitic physical therapist, Bill Gallagher, treats psychogenic pain and is based in New York City (NYC). He has an office at West 88th and Broadway and makes home visits/ house calls to upper West side and upper East side of Manhattan.

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