1st edition 2016
160 pages
46 illustrations
Softcover, 14,8 x 21 cm
ISBN 978-3-943324-61-7
published 7/2016
EUR 22,00 inkl. Mwst.

Ben van Cranenburgh

Pain – why? – A guide for people with pain

Pain is the most frequent but least understood complaint. People with chronic pain are often not taken seriously and often receive incorrect or damaging treatment.

This book explains how a combination of physical, neurological, psychological and social factors play a role in the development of chronic pain, and how these same elements can be used for the treatment of chronic pain. Our medical science particularly offers treatment in the form of pills, injections or operations. However the results for chronic pain are disappointing. New insights from the neurosciences show us that our pain system is flexible: it can be “put on alert” when it is necessary (e.g. during a healing process), but it can also be slowed down or switched off (e.g. during very critical situations).

This new approach of thinking opens up a much broader spectrum of ways to treat pain. The recurring theme in this book is the conviction that people with chronic pain should remain in control of their own situation for as long as possible.