Self-compassion for chronic lower back pain

Takeaway

  • Practicing self-compassion may improve pain by altering pain-evoked neural networks in patients with chronic lower back pain (cLBP).

Why this matters

  • cLBP affects 10–20% of adults and causes severe interference with psychological and social functioning.

  • Mindful self-compassion training (MSC) represents an effective non-pharmacological treatment for cLBP; however, the mechanism of action of, and neural changes associated with MSC are poorly understood.