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Our research aims to examine whether physiotherapy including pain neuroscience education, exercise therapy, and stress management can change brain structure and function and whether this is related to improvements in clinical outcomes in patients with chronic spinal pain. With this study, we aim to unravel the working mechanisms of this promising treatment, and aim to explain and predict inter-individual differences in responses to treatment. The ultimate goal is to optimize and tailor the treatment to the individual. 

This research line uses various neuroimaging techniques such as structural and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Electroencephalography in combination with quantitative sensory testing and clinical measures, to increase insight in underlying mechanisms of chronic spinal pain, and increase insight in the role of brain alterations in the transition from acute to chronic spinal pain.  


Iris Coppieters