Research and Development on Chronic Pain

As part of his Masters Degree Jonne Tryphonos completed an extensive experimental study regarding the ‘nocebo’ effect and mental training practices for regular exercisers.

During a research trip to Italy in 2015 Jonne met with Fabrizio Benedetti- professor of physiology and neuroscience at the University of Turin Medical School and leading researcher in the field of placebo studies. He was shocked by some of Benedetti’s findings on subjective pain and became fascinated on how the power of belief can make such a large difference to perceived pain sensation and exertion.

At the time there was little research looking into the investigation of the nocebo effect and mental training practices. We now know from the psychology of lower back pain that some mental skills can be really helpful. The mental training practice with the greatest supporting evidence is mindfulness.

In 2015/2016, Jonne taught the course ‘Current Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology’ at the University of Jyväskylä on the influence of mindfulness on the theoretical underpinnings of sport and exercise psychology. He learned that mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) can help to reduce back pain and also improve emotional control by increasing brain blood flow to the frontal lobe.

At a glance:

  • New research shows the brain and central nervous system are exclusively involved in the processing of pain signals in the body;
  • The pain you experience is greatly influenced by your individual psychological, biological and sociological make-up;
  • The amount of pain you experience when injured may be quite unrelated to the extent of your injury;

Jonne offers individual consultations to assist regular exercisers in developing mental training plans for reducing stress, implementing coping strategies, working with bodily sensations and holistic development. Jonne specializes in tailoring mental training programs and multi-disciplinary pain-management workshops to meet the specific needs of individual exercisers and groups. As a result, Jonne is acknowledged, by his peers and clients, as a highly regarded and reputable professional who is competent in delivering consulting services for people living with chronic pain.

Check out Jim was one of 100 people who took part in a trial for our BBC2 Horizon programme: Can my brain cure my body?

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