Psychosomatic pain is caused, exacerbated, or perpetuated by mental factors. The low back neck, jaw, pelvis, head and abdomen are common places to experience this type pain. People suffering from psychosomatic pain are often stigmatized, because both professionals and laypeople tend to see pain from psychosomatic source as not "real". However, it is no less unpleasant than pain from other sources. Pain is an uncomfortable sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage. Many people (maybe everybody to some extent) experience pain in the absence of tissue damage (or more than would be expected for a given injury) 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 psychosomatic pain under the tern persistent somatoform pain disorder. It is common to have a psychosomatic pain syndrome in tandem with a pain condition like low back pain that is caused by mechanical or physiological problems.
Treatment for psychosomatic pain . may include:
- Yoga (Raja, Pranayama, Asana, Meditation)
- Guided Imagery
- Cognitive Behavioral Training
Holisitic physical therapist, Bill Gallagher, treats psychosomatic 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.