What are the pain sciences?

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In episode 8, the show discussed the progress in the pain sciences and the complexity of pain with the physical therapist and pain teacher, Mike Stewart. The idea became apparent that it is critical for us to understand pain a lot better than we have traditionally and health professionals should develop the competencies in order to effectively communicate this to their patients. The conversation determined that pain is a personal encounter. It is an output of the brain in response to real or perceived danger that has the aim of protecting us and getting us to switch our behaviour. Pain is contextual and is influenced by many factors. Mike Stewart is a physiotherapist who works as a Spinal Clinical Specialist for East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust in the United Kingdom. He works full-time as a clinician with more than 15 years practical experience dealing with complicated, chronic pain conditions. In addition, he is a dedicated practice-based mentor committed to providing evidence-based instruction to a wide selection of health professionals, including podiatry practitioners. Mike is currently undertaking an MSc in Clinical Education at the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom. He operates the Know Pain training all over the world.