What’s This Research About?
Lorimer Moseley and David Butler are renowned researchers and clinicians who have been working with pain science and treatment for more than two decades. They pay homage to the groundbreaking biopsychosocial model that serves as the backbone of modern pain science. This model recognizes that pain is multi-faceted with biological, social, and psychological influences and therefore needs to be managed with multiple modalities.
Explain Pain (EP) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) arose from this model but the authors note that CBT focuses mainly on cognition and beliefs, with reasoning that implies that pain is inevitable. The authors note there is some benefit to using CBT, but its efficacy can be dependent on the practitioner’s pain knowledge. The research also shows it’s not the most effective treatment protocol for long term pain relief.