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Resources

Access to affordable, high-quality information about pain: articles, books, videos, apps, podcasts.

VIDEOS

Free videos for providers + people living with pain.
•  PBS Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan (Zoffness)
•  NY Times Ezra Klein podcast (Zoffness)
Healing Our Pain Pandemic: ZDoggMD podcast (viral on FB)
•  The Truth About Managing Chronic Pain: ZDoggMD podcast (viral on FB)
How to Heal Chronic Pain: The Jordan Harbinger Show (viral on Spotify)
 The Science of Pain with Columbia + Barnard (Zoffness with Dr. Commerford)
Hack Your Chronic Pain pt 1: Confidently Insecure podcast
Hack Your Chronic Pain pt 2: Confidently Insecure podcast
• The Science of Pain Management: Science of Psychotherapy podcast
• Zoffness Grand Rounds UCSF School of Med
• Zoffness UCSF Grand Rounds peds
Managing Pain by targeting the brain: Seize the Moment Podcast
•  How to manage chronic pain holistically: Erin & Sarit
•  Crash course in pain neuroscience (20 mins, Stanford)
 The science of neuroplasticity (2 mins)
•  The science of pain (5 min video, Pate)
 Pain Education is a disaster in med school (John Loeser MD)
•  Pain treatment MUST be biopsychosocial (J. Loeser MD)
•  Tame the Beast: How the brain learns pain (5 mins, Moseley)
 Why Things Hurt (Moseley, fantastic TED talk)
 7 Pain Facts with Lorimer Moseley
•  IASP's collection of trainings & videos
•  Central Sensitization: How pain becomes chronic (Mayo Clinic)
•  Pain Bytes (video series) - Pain Management Network, Australia
•  How to manage pain during medical procedures
    (12 min video) - Stanford Children's Health
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: A training for patients + providers
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Why does pain become chronic? Central sensitization with Mayo Clinic
•  Understanding pain (5 min, Hunter Integrated Pain Service)
•  Pain, the Brain, & Your Protectometer (Moseley, conference talk)
•  How to explain pain to kids (4 min, BC Children's Hospital)
•  The psychology of pain (Beth Darnall)
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Melzack on the Gate Control Theory of Pain (12 mins. Warning: nerdy)
• Collection of pediatric pain resources & videos: The Meg Foundation
 Pain and the Brain with UCSF's Allen Basbaum: why emotions + context matter
Opioids and Chronic Pain (Erin Krebs MD)

ARTICLES

Journal articles + resources for healthcare providers and patients on everything to do with pain.

Pain Science

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Pain is Biopsychosocial
• Pain science basics: Pain is BOTH physical + emotional (Psychology Today)
•  A Tale of 2 Nails: Why context matters (Psychology Today)
• What you don't know about pain WILL hurt you (Kevin MD)
Tame the Beast (Moseley, video + info)
Pain is biopsychosocial (Gatchel + Howard)
Pain treatment is biopsychosocial (Bevers et al)
Neuroimaging pain (Martucci & Mackey, great paper)
What is pain? (UCSF Pain & Addiction Research Center)
•  15 years of explaining pain (Moseley & Butler, 2015 - great paper!)
Psychosocial factors that contribute to chronic pain (Meints & Edwards)
•  Psychosocial processes affect the development & maintenance of chronic pain (Edwards et al 2016)
• A biopsychosocial formulation of pain communication - great academic paper
• Biopsychosocial assessment and formulation of pediatric pain (Liossi & Howard)
• Evidence-based psychosocial interventions for pediatric pain management (Coakley & Wihak)
• How treatment changes neurophysiology (Flor - click the PDF link)
• Pain is NOT biomedical: An expose of the opiate epidemic and Big Pharma (NPR, Lembke)
Moseley's take on the biopsychosocial model (podcast + article)
Research Uncovers Potential Treatment for Chronic Pain (Zoffness)
•  Why is my doctor sending me to a Psychologist for PAIN? (Harvard Health)
•  Evidence for Psychological Treatments for Pain (Vox)
•  The neuroscience of nonpharm treatments (J Neural Science)
•  Pain education + treatment need to be biopsychosocial, according to SCIENCE (J. Loeser MD - great article)
•  To reduce pain, treatment MUST BE BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL (J. Loeser MD, Washington Medical Commission)
 Pain treatment is about money. Treating pain as biomedical is a mistake. (J. Loeser)
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How Pain Becomes Chronic
What is Central Sensitization? (Institute for Chronic Pain)
How does pain become chronic? (J of Pain)
•The neurobiology of Central Sensitization (J Applied Beh Res)
Explaining central sensitization to patients (Manual Therapy)
• Central sensitization occurs in fibromyalgia, migraine, arthritis + other pain conditions (Lancet)
Central sensitivity conditions: Prevalence of fibromyalgia and other brain-body conditions (Pain Research & Tx)
Understanding CRPS (Mayo Clinic)
• Understanding amplified pain (AMPS)
•  Pediatric CRPS: Background + treatment
The link between anxiety, sensitivity, and pain
Amplified pain, CRPS + CBT
Nociplastic pain (Lancet)
Central Sensitization: How pain becomes chronic (Mayo Clinic video)
• How CBT can desensitize and re-train your brain: neuroplasticity video

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How Pain Works // Pain Neuroscience
•  Think Pain is Purely Medical? Think Again (Psychology Today)
•  A Tale of Two Nails: What Changes Pain? (Psychology Today)
•  What is pain? (Moseley)
•  Why we need to target the brain in pain treatment: Evidence from neuroscience (Moseley & Flor)
•  Neuroimaging pain: A guide to pain neuroscience (Martucci & Mackey)
•  Brain imaging of pain: The Pain Matrix (J Pain Res)
•  Pain Chats features amazing pain education written by some of my favorite pain nerds.
•  Pain & the brain (U Wisconsin, brief handout)
•  Neuromatrix theory of pain (Chronic Pain Institute)
•  Pain control techniques (article)
Distraction strategies for pain (Journal: PAIN - PDF article download)
•  Mood & attention regulate the experience of pain (NPR)
•  Pain catastrophizing: Negative mood states and negative thoughts affect pain (Journal: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics)
•  The power of "brain training" (HA magazine)
•  The impact of mood on pain: Laughter as Medicine (Scientific American)
•  The Neuroscience of pain (The New Yorker)
•  A list of pain education websites
•  NIH's update on the opioid epidemic (2021)
•  A seriously great handout on how pain works (VA.gov)
•  The funniest ever version of the pain scale, in case you need to laugh.

Treatments That Work

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT has abundant evidence of effectiveness for chronic pain - particularly when broken into its component parts (behavior change, pacing, coping strategies, relaxation training, mindfulness, cognitive strategies, pain education, sleep hygiene, nutrition, anxiety management, caregiver training, etc). Unfortunately, there is no operational definition of "CBT for pain," so it's defined differently in different studies. Be careful what you read on the internet.
• A Magical Cure for Pain? Nope. It's Jut CBT. (Psychology Today)
•  What you don't know about pain WILL hurt you (KevinMD)
•  Research Uncovers Potential Treatment for Chronic Pain (Psychology Today)
•  The neuroscience behind biobehavioral treatments/CBT for pain (Flor + Moseley, phenomenal article)
•  Why is it critical to treat emotional health as part of pain treatment?: Pain, Anxiety, Depression LINK (Harvard Health) -- great read
Effective biobehavioral treatments for pain: A review of the literature (Psychol Res Behav Manag.)
The neurophysiology of pain psychology (American Psychologist)
•  The neuroscience of nonpharmacological treatment (J. Neural Plasticity)
Effective biobehavioral treatments for pain: A review (Annu. Rev. Clin. Psychol.)
•  Evidence-based psychotherapy for chronic pain has established efficacy and improves QOL (Int J Psychiatry Med)
•  A review of CBT: highly efficacious in treating fibromyalgia, headaches, low back pain, osteoarthritis, & rheumatoid arthritis (PPM)
• The science of biobehavioral treatments for fibromyalgia, IBS, headache, TMDs, pelvic pain (Curr Rheumatol Rev.) -- great read
CBT effective for low-back pain: A meta-analysis (Health Psychology)
•  American Headache Society: cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback + relaxation therapies are effective
• Evidence for behavioral treatments for chronic migraine (Medscape)
 CBT for chronic pain: A therapeutic approach for the opioid epidemic (J Psych Prac)
•  Mind-body therapies for opioid-treated pain (Garland)
Biobehavioral Strategies for Acute Pain Management (SPPM)
•  CBT can improve quality of life for people with pain (Everyday Health)
•  Biobehavioral treatments are effective for low-back pain (J Health Psych)
•  CBT is effective for depression (NIH National Library of Medicine)
•  CBT effective for reducing stomach/abdominal pain (J of Pain)
Relaxation training reduces clinical pain in adults (J of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine)
• What is pacing for chronic pain? (Pain Res Manag)
 Stanford's chronic pain pacing plan (FREE HANDOUT)
•  CBT is effective for co-occurring trauma + chronic pain (PPM)
• CBT has effectiveness for treating arthritis pain, cancer pain, back pain (Cochrane Database Syst Rev.)
•  CBT for chronic pain: A review (Edhe)

Books Using CBT Strategies:
The Pain Management Workbook (Zoffness, for patients + providers)
CBT for Chronic Pain Therapist Manual (Murphy, for providers)
Managing Chronic Pain: A CBT-Approach Workbook (Otis)
Managing Pain Before It Manages You (Caudill)
Why Do I Hurt? (Louw)
CBT for Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents (Palermo, book for providers)
Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief
Anything by Lorimer Moseley, Moseley & Butler, or Adriaan Louw
• See also the "BOOKS" sub-tab on this page for additional resources
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Mindfulness
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Free course for patients + providers, evidence-based & awesome
Research Uncovers Potential Treatment for Chronic Pain (Zoffness)
Mind-Body Therapies for Opioid-Treated Pain (JAMA)
Mindfulness Can Help Ease Pain (U.S. News & World Report)
• The neural mechanisms of mindfulness-based pain relief: a functional magnetic resonance imaging-based review and primer (Zeidan et al)
Mindfulness meditation-related pain relief: Evidence for unique brain mechanisms in the regulation of pain (Zeidan et al)
• Mindfulness meditation–based pain relief: a mechanistic account (Zeidan et al)
• The role of heart rate variability in mindfulness-based pain relief (J of Pain)
Brain Mechanisms Supporting the Modulation of Pain by Mindfulness Meditation (J of Neuroscience)
• Neurophysiological Mechanisms Supporting Mindfulness Meditation–Based Pain Relief: An Updated Review (Current Pain & Headache Reports)
Mindfulness for managing chronic pain (PsychCentral)
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): How mindfulness changes pain in the brain
• Mindfulness reduces pain intensity among cancer patients (European J of Pain)
Nonpharmacological approaches to pain management  (NY Times)
Mindfulness & distraction are effective for pain (IASP)
SEE ALSO: Guided Audio tab for mindfulness audio + meditations
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Biofeedback
➡ According to the American Migraine Foundation, "Biofeedback and relaxation training yield a 45-60% reduction in headache frequency + severity - equivalent to the reduction in headache achieved by many headache medications such as propranolol (Inderal) & amitriptyline (Elavil), but without any of the negative side effects."
• Find a biofeedback provider near you: BICA (enter zip code only for best results)
Biofeedback and relaxation therapy: definition (MHNI)
Biofeedback for pain, Mayo Clinic
Biofeedback for migraine + headaches (Amer. Migraine Foundation): "Biofeedback and relaxation training typically yield a 45-60% reduction in headache frequency and severity. This is equivalent to the reduction in headache achieved by many headache medications, such as propranolol (Inderal) and amitriptyline (Elavil), but without any of the negative side effects."
Biofeedback improves chronic back pain (Int.J. Behav. Med)
• Biofeedback reduces jaw pain + TMJ symptoms (J Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback)
• Biofeedback effective for arthritis (Georgian Med News)
Meta-analysis of 55 studies: Biofeedback effective for migraine
Biofeedback for pelvic pain (Clin Colon Rectal Surg)
Efficacy of biofeedback for headaches
• How biofeedback works: The Skin You're In (Dr. Erik Peper)
• Additional articles on biofeedback for pain

Specific Symptoms

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Stomachaches + GI Symptoms
➡ There is more serotonin in your gut than in your brain! Your GI tract contains 80-90% of the serotonin in your body. This means that your stomach is highly sensitive to emotions. No wonder you get "butterflies," stomachaches & nausea when you're stressed or anxious, why you "trust your gut instincts," and have a "gut feeling."
•  Stomachaches are one of the MOST COMMON signs of stress & anxiety in kids. This scientific article helps explain why.
•  The gut-brain connection (Harvard)
•  Your gut is your "second brain": Your enteric nervous system (Johns Hopkins)
•  Relationship between your gut and depression/anxiety (Journal: Molecular Psychiatry)
•  How your gut and mood influence each other (Scientific American)
•  Multiple areas of the cerebral cortex influence the stomach (National Academy of Sciences)
•  How stress & anxiety cause GI pain & diarrhea (article)
•  What causes IBS? (International Foundation for GI Disorders)
•  Effective biobehavioral treatments for IBS (article)
•  IBS and RAP (video)
•  Enteric Nervous System (GI tract) and serotonin (CalTech)
•  IBS and serotonin (Canadian Society of Intestinal Research)
CBT effective for reducing stomachaches + GI sx (J of Pain)
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Sleep + Insomnia (don't take meds for sleep!)
Tips for improving sleep when you have pain (Govt of W AU)
• The interrelationship between sleep + pain (PPM)
Sleep hygiene: 5 tips for sleeping well, with or without pain (Palermo & Law)
• Over-the-counter sleep meds are BAD for you (Harvard Health)
• Why sleeping pills do more harm than good (TIME)
Risks of sleeping pills include early death, outweigh benefits (TIME)
• The association between sleep and pain (J Pain)
Screens disrupt sleep cycles: melatonin & sleep (Scientific American) - good read!
Treatment for sleep issues = CBT-i (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia)
•CBT-i is better than pills for sleep (NPR)
•How CBT for insomnia works
• How to find a CBT-i provider near you (option 1)
•How to find a CBT-i provider near you (option 2)
• APP for phones: CBT-i Coach
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Back Pain and Lower Back Pain (LBP)
NO ASSOCIATION between back scans and pain: Before you have surgery to fix those findings on your scan, note that those abnormalities may NOT be the cause of your pain. (J Neurol Neurochir Pol)
MRI findings are *not* associated with Lower Back Pain (LBP, PLoS): When your doctor tells you that your back pain is due to an abnormal MRI finding,    you may want to think again.
• Degenerative changes in the lumbar spine are frequently found on MRI scans, but they do not correlate with the intensity of pain and do not predict    pain. (Detecting a theme here...? J of Medicine)
Movement might be the best medicine for back pain. Not moving/exercising can delay healing. (Harvard Health)
• Language matters: "abnormal" scans might actually be NORMAL. Just like faces, backs get "wrinkles" over time (Athletico PT)
• An integrative behavioral approach to back pain (wisdom + research from Peter O'Sullivan, a brilliant PT)
• "Spinal degeneration" is COMMON in asymptomatic, healthy populations (Spine, via Mayo Clinic)
Failed Back Surgery Syndrome: A Review (2018)
Pain catastrophizing impacts back pain: Thoughts MATTER 
• Understanding and reducing fear around pain decreases back pain (A. Louw PT)
Opioids NOT effective or recommended for chronic back pain (Krebs et al 2018)
Book recsEveryone Has Back Pain, by Adriaan Louw + The Pain Management Workbook, by Zoffness

Anxiety, Depression + Trauma

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Stress & Anxiety
➡ Stress and anxiety trigger and amplify pain... and pain triggers and amplifies stress and anxiety.
ACES = Adverse Childhood Experiences: studies indicates that early exposure to environmental stressors is associated with the development of chronic pain & illness.
CDC ACES report: how stress & traumatic experiences in childhood lead to health issues later in life
• Relationship between stress and pain (VMC)
• Link between anxiety and pain tolerance (NY Times)
• Relationship between chronic pain and anxiety: Institute for Chronic Pain
Anxiety and catastrophizing mediate the experience of adolescent pain (journal article)
Physical effects of stress on the body (APA)
Sources of childhood stress that can trigger/maintain pain (KidsHealth)
Stress and time management tips for teens (Sutter Health)
Anxiety and stress negatively affect pain: 50 signs of stress in the BODY
Anxiety in children (AACAP)
Explaining anxiety to kids (Dr. Angoff)
School refusal is often a sign of anxiety (ADAA)
Try CBT before drugs for childhood insomnia (American College of Physicians)
Child Mind Institute (CBT effective for childhood anxiety)
Mayo Clinic (CBT for anxiety explained)
• Why are more American teenagers than ever suffering from anxiety? (NYT magazine)
Mindfulness & distraction are effective for pediatric pain (Int Assoc for the Study of Pain)
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Depression
➡ Up to 85% of patients with chronic pain live with depression. Being depressed when you live with daily pain is a normal response to an abnormal situation: the body wasn't built to be in pain for months and years. Your brain isn't broken!
Mental health is biopsychosocial, but Big Pharma doesn't want you to know that (Allen Frances MD)
• The relationship between Depression + Pain (Mayo)
•  Pain amplifies depression, and depression amplifies pain (J of Neural Plasticity)
•  The link between depression and physical symptoms (J Clinical Psych)
 Depression and pain comorbidity (JAMA)
•  Symptoms of depression in youth (Mayo Clinic)
• Serotonin & endorphins: increase "happy hormones" to improve mood
Parent guide to teen depression & suicide warning signs (Help Guide: Harvard health)
Exercise, nature & being social  can improve mood and self-esteem (journal)
CBT for childhood depression  (Society of Child & Adolescent Clinical Psych)
Self-injury: Why do people cut? (Mayo Clinic)
The best articles on depression have been written by Hyperbole And A Half author Alie Brosh. Pt I is here, Pt 2 is here. Brilliant 🌟
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Trauma
➡ Trauma and chronic pain go hand-in-hand. Chronic pain & trauma co-occur up to 80% of the time. If you've experienced trauma, including abuse or sexual assault, pain treatment MUST include trauma treatment.
Adverse Childhood Experiences Studies (Felitti et al, 1998)
Seminal research reports that trauma - aka, adverse childhood experiences (ACES) - are major risk factors for chronic illness, pain, depression, and disability. ACEs include: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, physical neglect, emotional neglect, parental mental illness, parental substance abuse, witnessing violent crime.
Childhood trauma is vulnerability factor for developing chronic pain (Harvard Health - great article)
  Chronic pain and trauma co-occur in up to 80% of patients (Psych Trauma)
•  Up to 80% of those seeking treatment for PTSD have chronic pain (Br J Pain)
•  The relationship between trauma and pain, and how CBT can help (PPM)
•  PTSD and chronic pain (Otis et al)
•  The importance of pain psychology in the treatment of trauma + pain
 Trauma increases sensitivity to pain (Clinical J of Pain)
• Research on the comorbidity of trauma + pain (Perspectives in Psychiatric Care)
• Trauma matters: psychological interventions for comorbid psychosocial trauma and chronic pain (J Pain)
 Thoughts amplify pain post-trauma (Clin J of Pain)
•  Book rec: The Body Keeps the Score (van der Kolk)
•  A physician's take on the Mind-Body Connection
• For trauma survivors seeking resources, check this website (the clinic has closed, but there's a list of websites + programs)

For Kids, Teens + Parents

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School
• For kids in pain, going to school HELPS (Harvard/ Boston Children's ComfortAbility)
Getting kids in pain to school (Darling)
Helping kids with pain get out of bed (Darling)
Returning to school helps the brain recover from pain, headaches and concussions (getschooledonconcussions.com)
School Refusal (ADAA)
How missing school makes anxiety, stress and pain worse: Why are more teenagers than ever suffering from severe anxiety? (NY Times)
• School refusal: How to help (Harvard Health)
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Screentime
• How screens are hijacking your dopamine-reward-pathway (Harvard)
What screens do to the brain (Psychology Today)
• Social media use increases anxiety and decreases self-esteem (Child Mind Institute)
Kids and smartphones (TIME mag)
Tips for taking control of smartphones (Humane Tech - this website is GREAT!)
• The LIKE movie (show it to your kids)
Apps ranked by how happy/unhappy they make people feel

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Websites + Apps for Youth
•  ComfortAbility: Boston Children's Hospital
•  Seattle Children's Hospital: Dr. Tonya Palermo's lab
•  ChildKind (resources)
•  APP for kids with pain: WEBMap Mobile (found in your phone's "app store")
 Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP)
•  Creative Healing for Youth in Pain (CHYP @ UCLA)
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Books for Kids, Teens + Parents
The Chronic Pain & Illness Workbook for Teens, by R. Zoffness
• Be the Boss of Your Pain: Self-Care for Kids, by Kajander & Culbert
• Treating Somatic Symptoms in Children & Adolescents, by Williams & Zahka
• Imagine a Rainbow: A Child’s Guide for Soothing Pain, by B. Miles
• GrrrOUCH!: Pain is Like a Grouchy Bear, by C. Morgan
Biobehavioral Strategies for Pediatric Pain (free PDF, Mayday Fund)

Additional Resources

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PLACEBO
The science of placebo + nocebo NEJM 2020 - beliefs + expectations change PHYSIOLOGY.
• Clinical application of placebo + nocebo Transl Psychiatry 2022
Sham/fake surgery as effective as actual surgery in reducing pain + disability Pain Medicine 2017
Antidepressant effects may be largely placebo Zeitschrift für Psychologie 2015 (Note: there are many articles on this)
Placebo surgery just as effective as knee surgery for pain. NEJM 2002
74% of placebo (faux) surgeries reduce pain. BMJ 2014
Placebo treatments treat Parkinson's Disease Nature 2016 (Note: there are many articles on this)
• Placebo pain relief occurs via endogenous opioid systems J Neurosci 2005
• Open-label PLACEBO opioids can reduce opioid use & assist tapering, Front. Pain Res. 2021 (Note: this study is ASTONISHING.)
• Placebo and nocebo effects are mediated by innate opioid and dopamine systems JAMA Psychiatry 2008
Placebo-responsive neurotransmitter systems regulate immune function Nature 2022
• Placebos effective for ADHD in children Child Care Health Dev 2008
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TREATMENT: Books + Workbooks
Check out the "Books" tab for more great reads & resources.
The Pain Management Workbook (Zoffness)
The Chronic Pain and Illness Workbook for Teens (Zoffness)
Why Do I Hurt? (Louw)
• Anything and everything by Lorimer Moseley
Managing Chronic Pain: A CBT-Approach Workbook (Otis)
Managing Pain Before It Manages You (Caudill)
A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook (Stahl)
CBT for Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents (Palermo, for providers)
Managing Your Child's Chronic Pain (Zeltzer, for parents)

FOR MORE, visit the "Books" tab (above) on this Resources page!

BOOKS

Books for healthcare professionals, people living with pain, parents, and kids of all ages.
For Youth
•  The Chronic Pain & Illness Workbook for Teens, by R. Zoffness
•  Be the Boss of Your Pain: Self-Care for Kids, by Kajander & Culbert
•  Imagine a Rainbow: A Child’s Guide for Soothing Pain, by B. Milesrvice
•  GrrrOUCH!: Pain is Like a Grouchy Bear, by C. Morgan
(See also: Books for Healthcare Providers)
For Parents
The Chronic Pain & Illness Workbook for Teens
• Pain in Children & Young Adults: The Journey Back to Normal, by Zeltzer &    Zeltzer
•  Conquering Your Child’s Chronic Pain, by Zeltzer
•  Managing Your Child’s Chronic Pain, by Palermo & Law
•  When Your Child Hurts, by Coakley
•  Drug Dealer MD, by Lembke
•  Compilation of resources for parents: ChildKind  
•  Book list for parents: Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
For Adults with Pain
•  The Pain Management Workbook
•  Pain: The Science of Suffering, by P. Wall
•  The Pain Survival Guide, by Turk & Winter
•  Why Do I Hurt, by A. Louw
•  Explain Pain, by Butler & Moseley
•  Managing Chronic Pain: A CBT Approach, by J. Otis
• Chronic Pain & Opioid Management: Strategies for Integrated Treatment by J. Murphy
•  Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief
•  Chronic Pain Won't Stop Me, by T. Bowen
•  Drug Dealer MD, by A. Lembke
•  Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, by R. Sapolsky
•  The Body Keeps the Score, B. van der Kolk
•  Saving Normal, by A. Frances
•  The Brain That Changes Itself, by N. Doidge
14,000 Things to Be Happy About
•  Make Health Happen, E. Peper
• Quiet Your Mind and Get to Sleep: Solutions to Insomnia for Those with    Depression, Anxiety, or Chronic Pain (Carney)
Overcoming Insomnia: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques
• Say Goodnight to Insomnia (Espie)
For Healthcare Providers
• The Pain Management Workbook
•  The Chronic Pain & Illness Workbook for Teens
CBT for Chronic Pain Therapist Manual (Murphy)
•  Pain: The Science of Suffering, by P. Wall
•  Why Do I Hurt, by A. Louw
•  Explain Pain, by Butler & Moseley
•  The Explain Pain Handbook, by Butler & Moseley
•  Managing Pain Before it Manages You, by M. Caudill
•  Managing Chronic Pain: A CBT Approach, by J. Otis
• Chronic Pain & Opioid Management: Strategies for Integrated Treatment by J. Murphy
•  Make Health Happen, E. Peper
•  Biofeedback Mastery, E. Peper
Overcoming Insomnia: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques
• Quiet Your Mind and Get to Sleep: Solutions to Insomnia for Those with    Depression, Anxiety, or Chronic Pain (Carney)
• Say Goodnight to Insomnia (Espie)
•  Chronic Pain Won't Stop Me, by T. Bowen
•  CBT for Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents, by T. Palermo
•  Treating Somatic Symptoms in Children and Adolescents, by Williams &      Zahka
•  The Body Keeps the Score, B. van der Kolk
•  Saving Normal, by A. Frances
•  The Brain That Changes Itself, by N. Doidge
•  Drug Dealer MD, by A. Lembke
•  Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, by R. Sapolsky

PROVIDERS + PROGRAMS

• The American Association of Pain Psychology: pain psychologists (mostly in CA)
• Finding a Pain Psychologist
• Full list of Pediatric Pain programs around the world
•  How to find a Biofeedback Provider (enter only zip code
• To get help for TRAUMA and pain, visit this website (this particular clinic has closed, but it has a list of useful resources)
• List of Somatic Experiencing Practitioners by state (for pain and/or trauma)
• The American Chronic Pain Association (support groups + info)
• To find a pain psychologist, go to Psychology Today and type in "pain     psychologist CBT"
Group coaching and other resources from Dr. David Hanscom
Support group for people living with pain (Chronic Pain Champions)
• The Pain Toolkit for pain self-management
• Telehealth in California or France: Dr. Naomi Edelson

➡️ If you cannot find a pain psychologist: find a therapist or PT you like, give them The Pain Management Workbook, and ask them to go through it with you.

NOTE:
 Dr. Zoffness does not endorse these resources, nor is she compensated for listing them here. Resources are for use at your own risk.

APPS

Smartphone apps to take with you wherever you go.
For Adults + Kids
•  HeartMath's Inner Balance (biofeedback for anxiety, pain + sleep - not free, but     great)
•  Relaxing Rhythms biofeedback
•  Biofeedback Breath Meditation
•  UCLA Mindful (free & awesome)
•  CBT-I Coach (for sleep issues)
•  WebMAP mobile (for kids)
•  Stop Breathe Think
•  Breathe2Relax
•  Relax Melodies
•  My Calm Beat
•  Doc Journey
•  Headspace
•  Belly Bio
•  Rain Rain
•  Flowly
•  Calm
Additional Recommendations

Podcasts + Guided Audio

A collection of pain science podcasts and guided audio for easing pain.
PODCASTS
➡️ Find these wherever you get your podcasts.
NY Times Ezra Klein: This Book Changed My Relationship to Pain
PBS Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan
• OLOGIES Dolorology: The Science of Pain
Finding Mastery with Michael Gervais: The Science of Pain
• Jordan Harbinger: Managing Pain in Your Body + Brain
Healing Our Pain Pandemic w/ ZDoggMD
The Truth About Chronic Pain w/ ZDoggMD
Healthier Together with Liz Moody: Natural Ways to Manage Pain
Pain Points 1 w/ ZDoggMD
Pain Points 2 w/ ZDoggMD
• KPFA with Nurse Rona: How Pain Works & Why We Have It
• Anxiety Contagion: Healing Our Kids' Mental Health Crisis
• Kelsey Darragh, Confidently Insecure: Hack Your Chronic Pain Pt 1
• Kelsey Darragh, Confidently Insecure: Hack Your Chronic Pain Pt 2
• KPFA Radio: Coping with Chronic Pain
•  Healthy, Wealthy & Smart: The Money & Science of Pain Management
•  Neurofibromatosis Network: Understanding chronic pain
• The Run Smarter Podcast: Understanding Pain & Injury (pt 1)
• The Run Smarter Podcast: Strategies to Reduce Your Pain (pt 2)
Pain Reframed with Rachel Zoffness
Modern Pain Podcast
Healing Pain Podcast
Pedia Pain Focus 
Straight Talk MD
Pain Revolution: list of podcasts + resources
GUIDED AUDIO
Audio for pain: The Pain Management Workbook free audio (create an account for free access)
Audio for pain: The Chronic Pain & Illness Workbook (create an account for free access)
Guided Audio: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction ("Practices" on the left)
Guided Audio: Guided Meditations, UCLA (scroll down for free audio)
Guided Audio: Tara Brach, relaxation + meditation
•  Guided Audio: Self-Compassion, Kristen Neff (these are wonderful.)
• Audio for pain: Feldenkrais with Deborah Bowes
Guided Audio: Dr. Dawn Buse for pain
Calm Your Nervous System: free 20-minute relaxation audio

GUIDED AUDIO FOR KIDS
•  Guided Audio for kids: Bedtime Explorers for sleep
•  Guided Audio: Seattle Children's Hospital (middle of the page)
•  Guided Audio: The Comfort-Ability, Harvard/Boston Children's Hospital
•  Stanford guided audio for kids

PODCASTS

Pain ReframedIntegrative Pain Science InstituteJordan Harbinger PodcastZDogg Podcast

"Pain, Explained" Column in Psychology Today

Think Pain Is Purely Medical? Think Again
Pain isn’t simply a medical issue.
A Tale of Two Nails
What changes pain? The science behind why pain is painful.
Ten Evidence-Based Strategies for Pain Relief
Tips and tools for treating chronic pain.
How to Set Boundaries With Family
A guide to maintaining sanity.

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