The brain can be “retrained” to relieve chronic back pain and improve the quality of life of those affected


According to a study, “retraining” the brain to communicate with your back can help reduce chronic back pain.

Teaching everyone how to think about their body when they are in pain, how to process sensory information from their back, and how to move their back during activities can help reduce pain and improve quality of life, the authors said.

Researchers led by scientists from the University of New South Wales in Australia and Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) looked at whether people with chronic back pain could benefit from “sensorimotor retraining”.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, divided 276 participants into two groups: one completed a 12-week course of sensorimotor retraining and the other received a 12-week sham treatment.

“What we observed in our study was a clinically meaningful effect on pain intensity and a clinically meaningful effect on disability,” said Professor James McAuley of the university’s School of Health Sciences and NeuRA.

“People were happier, they reported their backs felt better and their quality of life was better.

“It also appears that these effects have persisted over the long term; twice as many people were completely healed.

“Very few treatments for back pain show long-term benefits, but study participants reported an improved quality of life one year later.”

He added: “This is the first new treatment of its kind for back pain – which has been the leading cause of the global burden of disability for the past 30 years – to be tested versus placebo.” The brain can be “retrained” to relieve chronic back pain and improve the quality of life of those affected

Fry Electronics Team

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