The words pain science and pain education are used so frequently nowadays in professional circles that we rarely take the time to explain the difference between the two or reflect on what clinical practice was like before these advancements came into our life. What was it like for people living with pain without this knowledge? Pain science is a part of a larger field of neuroscience, which investigates nociception and the lived experience of pain. It is most often taught in University Physical Therapy programs but over the years, it's begun to show up in the training of many licensed healthcare professionals. Pain education is one component of an overall cognitive-behavioral intervention, which teaches people how to effectively self-manage chronic pain. It focuses on the components of each individual's pain experience and how it affects their daily lives. Research shows that when people have a better understanding of how pain works in the body, it can ease fear, anxiety and create hope.
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