Learn How Pain Really Works, and Discover Why Your Prior Treatments May Not Have Been Successful

One day in 1667, a scientist named Descartes proposed his theory on what caused pain by presenting an image of a man's hand being struck by a hammer.

In between the hand and the brain, Descartes described a hollow tube with a cord beginning at the hand and ending at a bell located in the brain. The blow of the hammer would induce pain in the hand, which would pull the cord in the hand and cause the bell located in the brain to ring, indicating that the brain had received the painful message.

Cause and effect, right? Unfortunately, while his model was ground-breaking for the time, we now know that the understanding of pain perpetuated by that model is woefully incomplete:

  • It doesn't explain how pain is such an individual experience, how it can persist when the damage or injury has healed.
  • It doesn't explain how our expectations can both reduce or increase pain, nor why pain intensity can differ depending on our emotional states or where our thoughts are focused.

Your pain experience depends not only on the physical slap to your hand but on your attention to the slap, your expectations of the pain, your mood, your emotional state, your neurochemistry, your genetics, your prior experiences - just to name a few!

Today, we know the source of pain - particularly Persisting Pain - is multi-faceted, and any real treatment plan must fundamentally address this.

At RehWork, we meet many patients who have already sought treatment, tried medications and attempted exercising to improve their condition, but sadly, these attempts haven't worked. Sometimes, they've made the pain worse, and left the patient feeling even more disheartened about their chances of recovery.

But why haven't they worked?

Because society's understanding of pain - how it works, how to manage it and how to treat it - is completely out of date. Unfortunately, many modern treatments and medicinal approaches to pain are not actually "modern" at all. We know now that pain comes from the brain itself.

That is, pain is determined by our biology, our psychology and our social environment. 

Any effective treatment plan for Persisting Pain must address each of these Bio, Psycho and Social factors. That’s exactly how we have developed our treatment programs here at RehWork.

Our founder, Dr. John Booth, is well known for his exhaustive and continuing research into the various facets of how and why we feel the pain we do.

With papers published in several major medical journals, including The British Journal of Sports Medicine, The Journal of Applied Physiology and the Journal of Pain in General Practice, John has made a name for himself at the forefront of pain research. He has pursued questions such as:

  • Why we feel pain more intensely in different emotional states
  • Why different people have different pain thresholds - and how we can change them
  • How pain can persist without damage or injury
  • How we feel no pain when damage is present
  • How our expectations can reduce pain
  • How our expectations can increase pain

Unfortunately, overcoming persistent pain is not as simple as mind over matter.

Rather, it requires a combination of mental and physical exercises and techniques that work in tandem to reduce the amount of pain you feel while causing you to pay less attention to that pain.

The positive outcomes of our patients validate John’s approach to pain management. When it comes to your treatment, we encourage you to skip on the outdated models of the past and rely on the cutting-edge understanding of pain and how to overcome it that we have achieved here at RehWork.