Pain Neuroscience “Communication” vs. Pain Neuroscience Education

Align 2019 in Denver was another great experience with almost 400 health care providers networking and learning more about pain. The presentations had nugget after nugget of great information to advance our care for those with pain. If you did not make it, check out #align2019 for a recap of some of the great tweets. Also consider coming next year…

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Exploring Advancements in Pain Mechanisms-Based Classifications

The 2018 Align Conference was packed with great presentations, but my favorite was “Pain Mechanisms: The Key to Unlocking Better Pain Solutions” by ISPI’s Steve Schmidt. This fantastic talk explored subgroups of pain mechanisms; how sensory profiling can point toward understanding an individual’s unique pain phenotype; and examined how a biopsychosocial phenotype might look.  It is said that…

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Yanny, Laurel, Illusions, and Persistent Pain

The recent “what word is it” sound debate of Yanny vs. Laurel is a perfect example of how perceptual experiences are uniquely individual.

Which sound did you hear?  I have heard both at different times on different devices on different websites. Conversations like this happen from time to time and almost always create dividing opinions. (Here are a few other…

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Space.  Movement.  Blood.

I can remember the day that I graduated from physical therapy school 20 years ago.  I was clear in my goals for my career.  I wanted to become an orthopedic manual therapist.  I figured I would be able to “fix” everything that came into the clinic, and all of my patients would be extremely satisfied.  Then that first day happened…

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Playing Beyond Nice in The Sandbox

One question that I routinely encounter from rehab professionals as I teach therapeutic neuroscience education across the country is this: “PNE is such great stuff!  But HOW do we get EVERYONE in our facility on board?”  That is the million-dollar question, isn’t it?  All too often we face frustration born out of our own facility or system’s…

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PNE: Right Message, Wrong Door

Implementing pain neuroscience education (PNE) into practice has revolutionized my career. The ability to re-frame a patient’s pain experience with modern explanations of pain, built on a biopsychosocial foundation, has been a professional game changer. Though this shift has not occurred without bumps and bruises along the way.  While I have used PNE to help countless people shift…

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“That’s the thing that scares me the most, is that I don’t know if it’s ever going to stop.”

“That’s the thing that scares me the most, is that I don’t know if it’s ever going to stop.” Is a great line from one of my favorite YouTube short film clips: It’s Not About the Nail. But the phrase also applies to my own worries about our constant attempt to so easily blame a weak…

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