Pain Reprocessing Therapy: A New Study Shows Promising Results

Updated: Nov 2

What is Pain Reprocessing Therapy?

Developed by Alan Gordon, director of the Pain Psychology Center in Los Angeles, the technique teaches patients to reinterpret pain as a neutral sensation coming from the brain rather than as evidence of a dangerous physical condition. As people come to view their pain as uncomfortable but nonthreatening, their brains rewire the neural pathways that were generating the pain signals, and the pain subsides.

In a new randomized clinical trial, 66% of 51 patients were nearly pain-free after 4-weeks! The study treated patients with chronic back pain and was published in highly reputable peer-reviewed journal called JAMA Psychiatry.

Results of the study show:

  • 66% of participants in the PRT group were pain-free or nearly pain-free at post-treatment (vs. 20% in the placebo group, 10% in the usual standard of care group)

  • Gains were largely maintained at a 1-year follow-up

  • MRI results showed noticeable changes in the brain's response to pain in the PRT group relative to the other groups

Read the full study results here!

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Modern research shows that psychological and emotional elements can play a major role in chronic pain. These non-physical components can help the brain “learn” to be in pain. By training the brain, we can re-wire the body’s neural circuitry to dial down pain sensations and bring relief.

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