Practical Science on Movement and Pain


Pain science has advanced a great deal in the last fifty years, but most of this information has had seemingly little impact on the way pain is commonly treated. Much of what has been learned is surprising and counterintuitive.

If you have pain or treat people that do, this is stuff you should know. By the time you are done reading the posts below you will know more than many medical providers about pain mechanisms, and maybe even feel a little better as a result, because research shows that pain education can improve outcomes. Following are some posts on pain science.

Back Pain Myths

Seven Things You Should Know About Pain Science

A Systems Perspective on Chronic Pain

The Science of Placebo 

Strategies to Relieve Chronic Pain, Part One

Strategies to Relieve Chronic Pain, Part Two

Review of Conference on Pain and Motor Control with Lorimer Moseley, Parts One, Two, Three, and Four.

More Back Pain Myths: MRI Abnormalities

Nerve Mechanics Parts One, Two and Three

Great Ted Talk on Why Things Hurt

Posture and Pain Tolerance

Ideomotion Parts One Two and Three

The Thermal Grill Illusion

The Rubber Hand Illusion

More on Pain and Illusions