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Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain: Pain Reprocessing Therapy vs. Cognitive Functional Therapy

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This webinar is being produced by the International Association for the Study of Pain's Musculoskeletal Pain Special Interest Group.
IASP's Musculoskeletal Pain Special Interest Group seeks to increase awareness of - and provide a forum to discuss - the interaction between muscle pain and motor control systems as it relates to musculoskeletal pain, as well as novel treatment opportunities. Two such treatment opportunities are pain reprocessing therapy (PRT) and cognitive functional therapy (CFT). 

PRT uses techniques such as pain re-education, somatic tracking, and positive psychology to help individuals change their perception of pain (i.e., PRT helps to teach people to perceive pain signals sent to the brain as "less threatening"). CFT is a physiotherapy-led intervention that is psychologically informed and directed at the biopsychosocial nature of pain (i.e., CFT uses a "clinical reasoning framework" to identify modifiable targets for management based on careful listening to the individual's story and examining their behavioral responses to pain - promoting self-management).

This webinar will provide valuable insights on PRT and CFT for the management of chronic low back pain, and include a discussion on possible differences and similarities between these two effective treatments.

Participants include:
-- Tor Wager, PhD, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA
-- Peter O'Sullivan, DPT, PhD, FACP, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
-- Henrik Bjarke Vaegter, PhD, University of Southern Denmark (moderator)

For this webinar, we'd ask that you submit your questions for our two speakers - no later than Wednesday, 10 January, 2024 - to Henrik Bjarke Vaegter ( or @HBVaegter)


  • Tor Wager, PhD

    Tor is the Diana L. Taylor Distinguished Professor in Neuroscience at Dartmouth College, and the Director of Dartmouth’s Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience laboratory, the Dartmouth Brain Imaging Center, and the Dartmouth Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. Professor Wager’s research centers on the neurophysiology of affective processes - pain, emotion, stress, and empathy - and how they are shaped by cognitive and social influences. One focus area is the impact of thoughts and beliefs on learning, brain function, and brain-body communication. Another focus is the development of brain biomarkers that track and predict affective experience, including pain and other clinical symptoms. A third focus is on statistical, machine learning, and computational techniques that provide a foundation for new models of the affective brain. Professor Wager’s laboratory conducts basic research in these focus areas and applies the resulting techniques and models to collaborative, translational research on clinical disorders and interventions. In support of these goals, Professor Wager and his group have developed several publicly available software toolboxes (see He also teaches courses and workshops on fMRI analysis and has co-authored a book, Principles of fMRI. More information about Tor and his lab’s activities, publications, and software can be found at

  • Peter O'Sullivan, DPT, PhD, FACP

    Peter is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor at the School of Allied Health Sciences at Curtin University, Perth, Australia, and a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist where he holds a 0.5 FTE position. He is internationally recognized as a leading clinician, researcher and educator in musculoskeletal pain disorders. With his team he has developed a novel management approach for people with disabling low back pain called cognitive functional therapy. This treatment has demonstrated efficacy in numerous clinical trials, including a landmark trial published in The Lancet. With his team he has published more than 345 scientific papers, written numerous book chapters and has been a keynote speaker at over 120 national and international conferences. Peter also teaches on the Masters of Physiotherapy program and presents Masterclasses in the Graduate Physiotherapy program. Peter also consults at where he reviews disabling musculoskeletal pain disorders. Peter’s passion is to bridge the gap between research and practice – in order to empower researchers, educators and clinicians in the provision of person-centered care to people in pain.

  • Henrik Bjarke Vaegter, PhD

    Henrik is Professor in Physiotherapy and Pain Treatment at the Department of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark and the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital Odense, Denmark. He is a leading researcher in the field of pain, non-pharmacological treatments, and pro- and anti-nociceptive mechanisms. His primary research expertise lies within chronic pain and interdisciplinary rehabilitation with a particular focus on quantitative assessment of pro- and anti-nociceptive mechanisms in individuals with chronic pain to understand how these manifestations influence outcomes after rehabilitation. Henrik is Head of the interdisciplinary Pain Research Group at University Hospital Odense and he has extensive experience in working in interdisciplinary teams and networks nationally and internationally within this area. He is leading several large scale externally funded projects and randomized controlled trials in clinical practice. Henrik has also published extensively within the field of pain and non-pharmacological treatment, and is author of more than 75 publications in international peer-reviewed journals

January 16, 2024
Tue 7:30 AM EST

Duration 1H 30M

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