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Physiotherapy and pain education, how important is it?

...a perspective on pain neuroscience education in physiotherapy

The neurobiological understanding of pain resulted in the Gate Control theory, which was proposed by Melzack in 1965. In the last 15 years, however, the focus in Physiotherapy has been on neuroscience education and changing pain behaviour.

It is important to inform the patient about the pain he or she is experiencing - nociception and pain are not necessarily synonymous - and what is normal and to be expected.

Further research should focus on the controversy whether PNE should be performed in combination with ‘hands on’ or ‘hands off’ therapy. Until now, PNE has only been studied in combination with ‘hands on’ therapy. 

> From: Louw et al., J Orthop Sports Phys Ther (2016-03-30 07:06:25) 4 (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. Click here for the online summary.

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