Video: What is pain? Why do we have it and why doesn’t it go away?

This week, Rachael Lowe from Physiopedia speaks with Dr. Tasha Stanton about her research on pain. In this video, Tasha answers three fundamental questions about pain:

  1. What is pain?
  2. Why do we have it?
  3. Why doesn’t it go away?

Tasha is a senior research fellow with the Body in Mind Research Group at the University of South Australia and is currently a National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellow (2014-2018). She is also the recipient of the prestigious 2016 Ronald Dubner Research Prize.

Tasha’s research focuses on clinical pain neuroscience, specifically on cortical body representation, somatosensation, multi-modal illusions, and pain. To date, she has received over $1.7 million in competitive research funding and has been invited to speak at 20 national and international conferences. Earlier this year Tasha was awarded the Australian Pain Society’s Rising Star Award and spoke at the APS’ Annual Scientific Meeting.

Neck Pain

Out of all 291 conditions studied in the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study, neck pain ranked 4th highest in terms of disability and 21st in terms of overall burden.


Alpheo mbuya
Alpheo mbuya
June 8, 2016 at 8:09 am

This forum is so good in updating our Physio Professional. I humbly thank the organizers of physiopedia for their good initiatives on matters patterning Physiotherapy.

Mac Petty
Mac Petty
July 24, 2016 at 1:31 pm

This was interesting. I’ve been reading a book by Norman Doidge, MD. The title is “The Brain’s Healing Way” which discusses remarkable discoveries and recoveries from the frontiers of neuroplasticity. It has stories from Michael Moskowitz in his study of the brain and how it works and how it can be reprogrammed to benefit those with chronic pain. A good read that follows along the lines of Dr Tasha Stanton.

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