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Wading through the mumbo-jumbo to help you understand your condition better.

There is a lot of information in the world about aches and pains, and what to do about them. A lot of it is inaccurate, and can be scary. Below are some key resources. We have written some ourselves. Our research training allows us to synthesise mountains of literature into something digestible. Other resources are shared from international colleagues we know well, or are from people we have never met but are at the top of their game. We hope they are useful. Feel free to ask us questions about them.

Some Helpful Videos















Why things hurt.


Prof. Lorimer Moseley, physiotherapist and pain research legend explains. 

Duration: Approximately 15 minutes.

Rethinking persistent pain.


Lorimer Moseley again, with colleague Dave Moen, making us think differently.

Duration: Approximately 5 minutes.

Overview of what pain is all about.


Brainman: a cartoon about understanding the basics of pain.

Duration: Approximately 3 minutes.

Understanding pain, and what to do about it.

More detailed Brainman cartoon action.

Duration: Approximately 5 minutes.

Negative effects of opioid pain medication.

One more Brainman cartoon discussing the down side of some pain killers.

Duration: Approximately 2 minutes.

The complexity of pain. 


Physiotherapist Leonard Van Gelder tells us that persistent pain is not simple, but understanding its complexity can help.

Duration: Approximately 8 minutes.

Body's own pain control.


Assoc. Prof. David Butler, physiotherapist and another pain legend, describes how our own pain relief mechanisms function and can be stimulated for good.

Duration: Approximately 6 minutes.

Brain changes with persistent pain.

David Butler again, explaining why this matters.

Duration: Approximately 4 minutes.

The myth of "core stability".

Prof. Peter O'Sullivan, physiotherapist and world-leading low back pain researcher, questions this concept.

Duration: Approximately 11 minutes.

Separating fact from fiction in low back pain.


Peter O'Sullivan again, challenging more misconceptions.

Duration: Approximately 15 minutes.

Body scan meditation.

Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, master of mindfulness leads a useful practice.

Duration: Approximately 29 minutes.

Stepping back from our thoughts.

Dr Russ Harris, pioneering psychotherapist, introduces how we can independently observe our thoughts.

Duration: Approximately 2 minutes.

Overcoming difficulties to move towards valued living.

A team of expert psychologists describe how difficult thoughts and emotions can hinder completing actions you value, and how to start to move beyond them.

Duration: Approximately 3 minutes.

Some Helpful Reading















Pain really is in the mind, but not in the way you think.

Prof. Lorimer Moseley describes how we come to be aware of pain.

What causes us to feel pain.

More detail from Lorimer on how our nervous system brings this sensation to light.


"Core muscle" function in relation to low back pain.

Prof. Peter O'Sullivan critically analyses research on muscle function.


Prof. Karim Khan describes the way that mechanical loading during exercise promotes tissue health.

How common "abnormal" findings are on low back scans.

Dr Waleed Brinjikji describe disc and joint findings, but in people with no symptoms.

Some Helpful Listening

Helping knee osteoarthritis.

Prof. David Hunter, knee osteoarthritis researcher discusses which treatments work, and which don’t.

Duration: Approximately 27 minutes.

The importance of tissue load.

Sports physiotherapist Dr Phil Glasgow discusses optimal loading for injury treatment and prevention.

Duration: Approximately 22 minutes.

The "ins and outs" of shoulder pain.

Prof. Jeremy Lewis discusses all things shoulder pain!

Duration: Approximately 23 minutes.

Tendinopathy: the problem and what to do about it.

Prof. Jill Cook describes what happens inside problem tendons, and how to rehabilitate them.

Duration: Approximately 16 minutes.

More tendon tips.

More practical tips on rehabilitating troublesome tendons from Prof. Jill Cook.

Duration: Approximately 29 minutes.