Explain Pain was written by David Butler and Lorimer Moseley in response to clinical practice and research including a series of studies (Moseley, Hodges et al. 2004) showing that if a person in pain understands the basic biology of why they hurt and are armed with coping strategies to self manage, they will move better, be more functional and have far better moods.
The key is that somehow we need to understand that persistent pains are constructed in the head and if we can understand this we will be better off. Unfortunately many people have been told “it's all in your head” in a derogatory way. Somehow, for chronic pain sufferers "it's in your head" has to be provided in a beneficial way. This blog addresses this huge area. Moseley GL et al 2004 Clinical Journal of Pain 20: 324-330.