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Institute for Chronic Pain
PO Box 193
Stillwater, MN 55082
The Institute for Chronic Pain is an educational and public policy think tank. The information on this site is intended for educational purposes only. Please note that, as such, we are not a clinic that sees patients. We do not provide specific recommendations or advice regarding pain conditions or other health-related conditions. We also do not provide referrals. Due to the large number of inquires that we receive, we do not respond to any communications requesting such information.
  • What is the Neuromatrix of Pain?

    The notion of a neuromatrix of the brain is a theoretical model that explains the nature of pain, including chronic pain. Ronald Melzack, PhD, a psychologist, and one of the founding fathers of the field of pain management as we…

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  • How to End the Stigma of Pain

    Stigma is a significant and persistent problem for those with chronic pain. Stigma occurs when someone is judged for having a condition that they didn't choose to have, like chronic pain. In other words, stigma is the criticism of being…

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  • Is it possible to manage pain well without opioids?

    In chronic pain management, there are different types of pain clinics. Among others, there are two that seem almost diametrically opposed in their treatment of patients – even for patients with the same chronic pain conditions. One type of pain…

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  • Why Healthcare Providers Deliver Ineffective Care

    People outside the healthcare industry, such as the typical consumers of healthcare, are often surprised to find out that some of the most common healthcare procedures and therapies are largely ineffective on average. It can sometimes even border on disbelief.…

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  • What is Central Sensitization?

    Central sensitization is a condition of the nervous system that is associated with the development and maintenance of chronic pain. When central sensitization occurs, the nervous system goes through a process called wind-up and gets regulated in a persistent state…

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