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In a clinical study, researchers assigned 120 men and women with chronic back or neck pain to two different treatments. The first group received a program of physical therapy and general exercises. The second received a program of neuroscience education, where they learn how to deal with pain and to continue excercises despite the pain. The result is that the second group had higher pain thresholds than the first group. Anneleen Malfiet, a doctoral candidate at the VUB, is the lead author of the research.


The study is published in JAMA Neurlogy. “The main message is: Don’t be afraid of the pain,” said Anneleen Malfiet. “We know that worrying and giving attention to pain ultimately increases it. Staying active and moving is better than rest when it comes to chronic back and neck pain.” Read the full article on