Wednesday Oct 25, 2023

Episode 40: Prof James McAuley - Did we find a cure for chronic low back pain?

Psychologist and senior researcher in the field of low back pain research, Professor James McAuley discusses the historical development of psychological models in pain treatment.  In this episode, he highlights that psychology, while essential in pain management, may not be highly successful as a standalone treatment for low back pain. Professor McAuley and his team have been working on new treatment approaches for chronic low back pain, including cognitive functional therapy and pain reprocessing therapy. Their research focuses on improving self-efficacy in patients and utilising techniques like tactile acuity training to enhance sensory perception in the context of pain management.


Kent et al. (2023)

Bagg et al. (2022)


James McAuley

Professor James McAuley is a psychologist, Professor in the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health at UNSW and Senior Research Scientist at NeuRA.

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Thank you so much for this awesome episode! I feel this is a super relevant topic for every one working with patients with chronic pain conditions. It confirmed my clinical experience with many of my patients. However I feel like those approaches primarily target the ”avoiders”. It would be interesting to know how the ”doers” that do move and ignore pain, as a subgroup, respond to the described interventions compared to pain education alone and compared to the ”avoiders”.

Thursday Oct 26, 2023

Sadly, the first article is only accessible through a paywall and can’t be acquired elsewhere :(

Wednesday Oct 25, 2023

Such a great episode, I am very excited and definately going to read in on the subject some more!

Wednesday Oct 25, 2023

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