We need a therapist for explaining pain! Written neuroscience education alone is simply not enough
Pain in Motion recently highlighted 3 (neglected) requirements for effective pain neuroscience education
Now a new multicentre trial shows how important therapists are for explaining pain neuroscience
to chronic pain (fibromyalgia in this study) patients.
Mounting evidence supports the use of face-to-face pain neuroscience education for the treatment
of chronic pain patients. This study examining whether written education about pain neuroscience
improves illness perceptions, catastrophizing and health status in patients with fibromyalgia.
Compared to written relaxation training, written pain neuroscience education slightly improved
illness perceptions of patients with fibromyalgia, but it did not impart clinically meaningful
effects on pain, catastrophizing, or the impact of fibromyalgia on daily life.
Face-to-face sessions of pain neuroscience education are required to change inappropriate cognitions
and perceived health in patients with fibromyalgia.
The study is published by Pain Practice, the journal of the World Institute of Pain