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Pain: is it all just in the mind?

DON’T BE PUT OFF BY THE TITLE! THIS IS A SERIOUS DISCUSSION ABOUT PAIN

Lorimer Moseley, one of the leading pain researchers from Australia talks about the brain and pain. By starting out discussing vision. He looks at the brain and illusions.

The brain makes decisions and creates a biologically advantageous experience. There is an amazing amount of processing and activity in the brain that underpins our conscious experiences, including pain.

We need contemporary explanations for pain that is experienced despite there being no significant tissue damage that is often the case in chronic pain. We must understand how the nervous system adapts, behaviours change, beliefs emerge and how the meaning of the situation along with prior knowledge influences pain perception at any given moment. This is all about protection and there is a matrix of neurons in the brain that includes areas with diverse functions, that together create a salient defensive response including pain, altered movement and behaviours.

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