Chronic Pain Educational Books
Chronic Pain Educational Books

The following recommended books, backed by science, have been written by clinicians from diverse training and practice backgrounds.

They Can't Find Anything Wrong!

By David Clarke, MD (2007)


Uses dozens of case histories to illustrate the many hidden life stresses that can cause physical symptoms. Discusses effective treatment techniques in detail.  

A President of the American Psychosomatic Society wrote "Dr. Clarke has done a truly remarkable job of clarifying for patients and health care providers alike the essence of how mind and body interact in human illness.  Through clearly written and captivating stories from his practice, he demonstrates how both patients and physicians can apply his teachings in a therapeutic manner.  I plan to recommend this book to my patients."

Dr. Clarke's book was also recommended by Brit and Co as one of the five best books ever written about the mind-body connection.


Unlearn Your Pain

By Howard Schubiner, MD (PPDA Co-Founder).  (3rd Edition 2015)

Reversing chronic pain is possible by understanding its underlying cause. This book explains that most pain is due to learned nerve pathways. It helps you determine if you have PPD and how to cure your pain with a revolutionary step-by-step process.

Psychophysiologic Disorders - Textbook

Did you know that one in six adults and 30-40% of primary care patients suffer from medically unexplained symptoms, chronic functional syndromes or psychosocial factors linked to chronic pain? Collectively these are known as Psychophysiologic Disorders or PPD. A trauma-informed, evidence-based approach to diagnosis and treatment can transform these patients from among the most frustrating to the most rewarding and give them a far better chance for a full recovery. As one family physician who learned these concepts said: “It put the joy back into my practice.”

From this innovative book, medical and mental health professionals will learn to relieve (not just manage) physical symptoms by assessing for and treating current life stresses, past traumas, suppressed emotions and the prolonged impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The sixteen authors from five countries are among the most experienced (averaging 20 years) PPD clinicians in the world. They are also remarkably diverse, practicing in the fields of Adolescent Medicine, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Health Journalism, Integrative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Movement Therapy, Neuroscience, Orthopedic Spine Surgery, Pain Medicine, Physiotherapy, Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Sports Medicine. From this wide range of backgrounds, the authors reached consensus on a core set of practices that were a revelation for them and their patients. These concepts are practical and can readily be implemented by any healthcare professional.


Hidden From View

By Alan Abbass, MD, and Howard Schubiner, MD (2018)


Using cutting edge psychotherapeutic and neurophysiologic principles, Hidden From View explains how the brain developed neural pathways that cause symptoms, such as headaches, irritable bowel and bladder syndrome, fibromyalgia, fatigue, insomnia, and chronic neck and back pain. It illustrates powerful emotion focused interviewing techniques to both detect and treat psychophysiologic disorders. Hidden From View empowers physicians, social workers, psychologists, nurses, physical therapists and coaches to understand and diagnose psychophysiologic disorders, and provide educational, cognitive-behavioral, and emotion focused therapies. This will help your patients eliminate, rather than simply cope with, these conditions.

The Hidden Psychology of Pain

By James Alexander PhD.  (2012).


The author's life was redefined by a tragic car accident followed by chronic physical and emotional trauma. Now pain-free, Dr Alexander has dedicated the last three decades of his life to helping others overcome similar challenges. His success is proof that recovery from chronic pain is possible.


The Mind Body Prescription

By John Sarno, MD.  (1999)


Reveals how many painful conditions- including most neck and back pain, migraine, repetitive stress injuries, whiplash and tendonitis- are rooted in repressed emotions and shows how they can be successfully treated without drugs, physical measures or surgery.