Have we ever wondered what pain is? Well, this is defined as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with a present, real or potential tissue injury”. This is why, it should be noted that, if we have adequate emotional health, we can better handle not only physical but also emotional pain. How?
Pain has a very negative impact on the patient's functions, generating a significant decrease in their quality of life (sleep disorders, decreased appetite, limitations in physical activity, anxiety, alterations in social life, etc.).
The psychology of pain is oriented to its applicability and training, through different psychological techniques so that the patient manages to manage and alleviate its intensity and frequency. This is why pain tolerance, also called pain threshold, is an important factor. Even more so when it is a burn sequel.
The experience that each patient obtains in the face of pain has a positive or negative influence, it is for this reason that, from the cognitive-evaluative component and the subjective-emotional component, it has been identified that the most characteristic psychological symptomatology associated with pain is depression and anxiety, of course, among others ...
In short, it is possible to define that the objective is to try to change the perception that the patient has of enduring pain and in turn change attitudes, behaviors and behaviors towards it and its environment. This supports the theory that a faster recovery is obtained when psychological strategies and tools are applied in which the patient actively participates in the different rehabilitation processes offered by the Fundación del Quemado.
In accordance with the above, it is important to mention and raise awareness about psychological support for patients with burn sequelae, since this science contributes, supports and provides tools for the integral growth of each of our patients and their families.