Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Awareness and understanding of how you think and react to challenges in your life can have a dramatic impact on your quality of life. This is especially true for those facing monumental challenges every day due to chronic pain disorders, illness or disabilities. At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we offer advanced treatment modalities to improve physical pain and function, but we also understand the power of the mind. We offer psychotherapy as part of our treatment plans, including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) at our clinics in San Jose and throughout the Bay Area.
Our team at Allied Pain & Spine Institute includes top doctors, surgeons and therapists from multiple disciplines that collaborate for the benefit of our patients. It often requires a multi-disciplinary approach to help patients with chronic pain or severely debilitating illnesses or injuries find recovery or relief. One of the components of a long-term treatment plan for those with chronic pain or other disabilities includes psychotherapy interventions such as ACT that can help patients live a higher quality of life through creating meaningful values and commitment to their well-being.
What Is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?
Acceptance and Commitment therapy, or ACT, is a type of psychotherapy that combines mindfulness interventions with the practice of self- compassion (self-acceptance). Acceptance and commitment therapy, focuses on accepting distressful symptoms and committing to changing the reaction to the symptom. Some of the key factors of ACT include:
- Mindful behavior
- Attention to personal values or beliefs
- Commitment to action
- Fully engage with your life
- Contact with the present moment
The goal with ACT is to learn to engage in meaningful behaviors that have personal value despite painful or uncomfortable symptoms or feelings. This modality of psychotherapy can benefit many people struggling with anxiety, stress, depression and some mental health disorders, as well as those with chronic pain or disabilities.
ACT for Chronic Pain Management
Acceptance and commitment therapy, or ACT, can be a useful tool for those living with chronic pain. While many of our treatments at Allied Pain & Spine Institute focus on pain relief, some illnesses and disorders do not have a cure, and pain may only be managed. ACT gives patients tools to accept and view their symptoms in a new light instead of trying to suppress them. Acceptance, then the commitment to act and engage in behaviors that will enhance their lives, can significantly improve the quality of life for many patients.
Metaphors are an important aspect of ACT and how chronic pain or disabled patients learn to think differently about their physical limitations. Realizing that trying to fight their pain or suppress it is like trying to constantly push a balloon under water can help them focus that energy into other aspects of their life. ACT is personalized to the individual, helping them determine the values and beliefs that they want to focus on to live a more fulfilling life, despite their pain or disability.
Learn More About ACT in San Jose
If you have struggled with chronic pain or are living with a disability, contact us at Allied Pain & Spine Institute. Not only do we offer innovative, minimally invasive treatments for chronic pain and orthopedic injuries, we also offer psychotherapy options like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). These therapies can provide hope and improved quality of life for many people living with chronic pain or struggle with mental health problems.
To find out more about the treatment options for chronic pain, including acceptance and commitment therapy, contact us at Allied Pain & Spine Institute in San Jose. Call today to book your appointment for a pain management consultation.