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The role of bonding psychotherapy (BPT) in helping patients with chronic pain

Adelina Kraja

In previous studies, aerobic exercise has been shown to be effective, for short-term reduction of pain. Often, the unpleasant emotions that the person improperly expresses, accumulate in the body and then burst out in form of pressures, pains or various anomalies. One of the modalities that allows expressing feelings and helps strengthen positive attitudes, through respectful and non-sexual physical contact and emotional proximity, is bonding psychotherapy (BPT).

In the study, we examined the role of BPT in helping patients with chronic pain, using questionnaires CORE-OM (Clinical Outcomes and Routine Evaluation – outcome measure), the SWLS (Satisfaction with Life Scale) and VAS (Visual analog scale).  In the study, we tested, whether the 3-month program (three workshops) will show a significant improvement in life satisfaction, and a decrease in pain in patients, and we also checked the clinical outcomes of treatment.

We found out, that the level of pain, after three BPT workshops, in patients in the experimental group, decreased. In comparison with persons in the control group (those who did not visit BPT), patients in experimental group are more satisfied with their lives, after three months, and their level of distress decreased. The results we have obtained give an overview of the effects of BPT and confirm positive changes in the pain in patients with chronic pain syndrome. Given the results, it would be sensible for the public to be informed about the positive effects of therapy and to encourage patients with chronic pain to participate in therapy.