The resources provided by UP are based on the latest science of pain. We have posted a selection of videos that have been of great aid for people seeking to understand their pain and how they can overcome their problems.
* Please note that the information and resources, despite being of the highest quality, do not replace the need for you to consult with you doctor if you have undiagnosed pain.
Pain is all about protection, emerging from the body but involving many systems including the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerves in the body), the immune system, hormones, the sensorimotor system and the autonomic nervous system. All of these systems have a role in protecting us. There is no pain system, pain centre in the brain or pain signals. Instead, pain is a response to a perceived threat.
We have complex biology involving all these body systems, which underpins the experience of pain, and we have a range of influences upon pain perception. These include emotional state, fatigue, attentional bias, gender, prior experience, beliefs about pain, anticipation and expectation, the environment, who we are with, what we are doing, what we are thinking about doing, and what we are thinking. Although this may seem daunting, it means that we have many individual ways of changing pain because we are always changing. Beginning with understanding pain, for to solve a problem we must understand it, we can take steps forward with the right action and less fear towards a meaningful life.