The Complexity of Pain

Teaching people about the complexity of pain is extremely challenging, you must meet each person where they are at. It is not cookie cutter, there is no script, what is meaningful for one person may not resonate with another. You can provide too much information and you can provide too little. While we cannot predict what every patient needs to help them take the next step forward, themes and patterns of information that patients are missing that help connect the dots for them do arise. The late Louis Gifford is one of the pioneers who had a knack for this. Louis has made countless contributions to our understanding of pain. His development of the Mature Organism Model (MOM) was an extremely valuable contribution to both our understanding and education of patients regarding pain. Below is an effort to bring the “Complexity” of the MOM to the patient.




About Leonard Van Gelder

Leonard Van Gelder is a physical therapist, athletic trainer, therapeutic pain specialist, spinal manual therapist, and strength and conditioning specialist. Leonard has strong interest in the use of pain science, movement, and manual therapy in rehabilitation, injury prevention, and performance enhancement.He has previously studied, published research, and presented at regional and international conferences on the science of stretching, strength and conditioning, and therapeutic pain science interventions. He has explored a diverse spectrum of manual therapy and movement approaches, and emphasizes a biopsychosocial approach to manual therapy, movement, and education in his practice. Please visit for more information View all posts by Leonard Van Gelder

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