10 November 2022
Stopping spreading of avoidance regarding pain-related movements

Procrastination is the thief of time

Pain is not comfortable and it signals possible damage to the body. It is therefore logical that people with acute pain avoid painful movements. Movements that resemble painful movements are also usually avoided. However, it becomes problematic the moment people also avoid movements that are totally unrelated to pain. This can seriously affect daily life and even contribute to the development and maintenance of chronic pain. In his PhD research, Kristof Vandael therefore investigated how this generalisation of pain-related avoidance can be inhibited in the lab to help optimise therapy for chronic pain or even prevent the development of chronic pain. He received his doctorate at Maastricht University on 7 November 2022.