New information shows us that when people understand how pain works, they have less pain. It’s our brains that create the pain we feel--not our bodies--which makes sense when we realize that our brains control all of the things that we feel and do. When we understand pain better, we do a better job of knowing how we can help ourselves and our health care providers.

Providence Persistent Pain program provides the information, tools and resources you need to live with less pain and return to the things you enjoy. We offer community classes, videos and written material to help you understand and reduce your pain.

The brain is where all pain is produced.
What this means is that the body might send a danger signal to the brain, but it’s the brain that decides that this is a big problem, a small problem or something to not even notice.

There are many ways that the danger signal can be increased or decreased in the brain. Parts of the brain send pain information back and forth. The more excited the system becomes, the more likely that a person will feel pain or feel worsening pain.