The Brain Changes During Chronic Pain—But Non-Drug Treatments Can Change It Back: A Podcast with Catherine Bushnell

Editor’s Note: At the 2018 World Congress on Pain, the biennial meeting of the International Association for the Study of Pain, researchers from around the world gathered to discuss the latest pain research. This RELIEF podcast features Catherine Bushnell, PhD, a pain researcher and the scientific director of the Division of Intramural Research at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), part of the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Maryland. The NCCIH focuses on complementary and integrative health, including an emphasis on non-drug treatments for chronic pain.

Bushnell sat down for a podcast at the World Congress with freelance journalist Stephani Sutherland to discuss the work the NCCIH is doing to improve the understanding and treatment of chronic pain. This includes the scientific study of how chronic pain alters the brain for the worse, and how mind-body treatments like yoga, meditation and exercise can change it back for the better. A PDF transcript is available here.

Stephani Sutherland, PhD, is a neuroscientist and freelance journalist in Southern California. Follow her on Twitter @SutherlandPhD

Podcast music credit: Free Music Archive. Artist: Nctrnm. Track: Brown.