[Therapy of disorders with central pain sensitization]

Praxis (Bern 1994). 2009 Mar 4;98(5):271-83. doi: 10.1024/1661-8157.98.5.271.
[Article in German]


Previous somatic pain experience (priming), psychobiographic imprinting (pain proneness), and stress (action proneness) are key to an enhanced centralised pain response. This centralised pain response clinically manifests itself in pain sensitization and chronification. The therapeutic approach to chronic centralised pain disorders is multimodal. The overarching aim of the various interventions of a multimodal treatment program is to activate anti-nociceptive areas of the cerebral matrix involved in pain processing. The lists of medications targeting neuropathic and somatoform pain disorder show considerable overlap. Psychotherapy helps patients with central pain sensitization to improve pain control, emotional regulation and pain behaviour.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Pain Management*
  • Pain*
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders
  • Psychotherapy
  • Somatoform Disorders / psychology