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Why Do I Hurt?: A Patient Book About the Neuroscience of Pain

Adriaan Louw PT, PH.D., M.APP.SC.
Publication Date:
Feb 18, 2013
International Spine & Pain Institute
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Pain is a normal, human experience. Living in pain, however, is not. Chronic pain rates are on the rise and the reason is that the focus is being placed on tissues, like muscles, ligaments and joints. Tissues generally heal within three to six months and, therefore, are not likely the cause for persistent pain. Persistent pain is more commonly due to a sensitive nervous system and how the brain processes information from the body and environment.

Physical therapist and clinical neuroscience researcher Adriaan Louw's patient book Why Do I Hurt? incorporates the latest neuroscience understanding of pain, especially chronic pain. Recent research shows that patients who understand how pain works, the biology and physiology behind their pain, are able to move more freely, exercise more, have less fear and experience less pain. Research also shows that everyone has the ability to understand the complex subject of pain, if approached in the right way.

Section topics include:
  • Discussion of tissue healing and nerve sensitization
  • Spreading pain
  • The brain's processing of a pain experience
  • Various bodily systems defending during a pain experience
  • Various treatment options to help with pain

Why Do I Hurt? contains various metaphors, examples and dozens of full-color images to enhance the learning experience.



Adriaan Louw PT, PH.D., M.APP.SC. Related seminars and products

Adriaan Louw, co-founder and CEO of ISPI, earned both an undergraduate as well as a master’s degree in research and spinal surgery rehabilitation from the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa. He is a guest lecturer/adjunct faculty at Rockhurst University, St. Ambrose University and the University of Las Vegas Nevada. In addition, he maintains a clinical practice and is co-owner of The Ortho Spine and Pain Clinic in Story City, Iowa. Adriaan has been teaching postgraduate, spinal manual therapy and pain science classes throughout the US and internationally for 15 years. He is a Certified Spinal Manual Therapist through ISPI. In addition, Adriaan has presented at numerous national and international manual therapy, pain science and medical conferences and has authored and co-authored articles, books and book chapters related to spinal disorders and pain science. Recently, Adriaan completed his Ph.D. which centers on therapeutic neuroscience education and spinal disorders.


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