When it comes to pain everything matters with Prof Lorimer Moseley


Being a human is a process…People in pain need to appreciate the fearful and wonderful complexity of themselves.

In the last four years, we have learnt a lot about pain. Our listeners have jumped on board the brain bus to learn about the brain and mind in chronic pain, why pain is different from nociception and how we can empower patients to take control of their pain by asking three important questions.

In fact, thanks to this week’s podcast guest, the whole world has begun to rethink persistent pain.

On this week’s podcast, we are very excited to welcome back Prof Lorimer Moseley (PT, PhD) to explore how we can better apply contemporary understanding of pain in clinical practice in 2019.


After posts at The University of Oxford and the University of Sydney, Lorimer was appointed Professor of Clinical Neuroscience and Chair in Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia. Prof Moseley is also Senior Principal Research Fellow at NeuRA and an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow. Prof Moseley’s research group – Body in Mind– investigates the role of the brain and mind in chronic pain. He has over 25 years of clinical experience and has authored hundreds of articles, as well as six* books – which include some of the best-selling pain titles in the world.

As you will find out in the podcast, Prof Moseley is not just leading a revolution in how we think and talk about pain – he is also leading a revolution in improving access to community-based pain education in rural and regional communities throughout Australia. Pain Revolution aims to provide individuals and clinicians with the knowledge, skills and resources to overcome persistent pain. In March of this year, the Pain Revolution Rural Outreach Tour completed its third bike ride for pain awareness and community education, and in 2020, the Tour will be coming to regional Victoria.

In this week’s special 30-minute BJSM podcast, Prof Moseley discusses:

  • how we should talk about pain with patients
  • why pain does not reflect tissue damage
  • the process of pain
  • contextualising pain for the individual
  • how to rethink the biopsychosocial model of pain
  • the impact of imaging
  • the need for movement when managing pain

To find out more about Prof Moseley, check out:

www.bodyinmind.org / https://www.painrevolution.org / https://www.tamethebeast.org/

Twitter: @PainRevolution

Further resources

Prof Moseley’s TED talk “Why Things Hurt” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwd-wLdIHjs

The Protectometer – a ground breaking pain treatment tool. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCF1_Fs00nM

BJSM pain science e-editionhttps://bjsm.bmj.com/pages/special-e-edition-pain-management/

Moseley GL. Whole of community pain education for back pain. Why does first-line care get almost no attention and what exactly are we waiting for? British Journal of Sports Medicine 2019;53:588-589. https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/53/10/588

Previous BJSM Podcasts with Prof Moseley:

Don’t mislabel nociceptors as pain fibres (2018)

Time to catch the brain bus (2018)

Am I safe to move (2017)

The brain and mind in chronic pain (2014)

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