Young woman sitting on the bed with back painThe cost of chronic pain is greater than that of diabetes and cancer combined, and because there is no way to objectively ‘measure’ pain, it has been a misunderstood area of science for many years.

The old model of pain is that damaged tissues send painful signals to the brain, however as Professor Lorimer Moseley presents in this podcast, it is now known that pain does not simply measure the state of tissues of the body but is more an indicator of the benefit of taking protective action.

This means that the type and amount of pain you feel is the sum of many factors – both perceived and real, with tissue damage being only a small part of that. Because of this, chronic pain truly is all in your head – or at least how your head pieces together the information it is receiving.

For those suffering chronic pain, this podcast can help you understand the pain process – the first step in decreasing your symptoms and improving your quality of life.

For clinicians treating those with chronic pain, this is an very interesting podcast that may make you rethink the way you treat chronic conditions.

Professor Lorimer Moseley is a clinical scientist investigating pain in humans. After posts at The University of Oxford, UK, and the University of Sydney, Lorimer was appointed Foundation Professor of Neuroscience and Chair in Physiotherapy, The Sansom Institute for Health Research at the University of South Australia. He is also Senior Principal Research Fellow at NeuRA and an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow.