What is Pain Reprocessing Therapy?

Find long-lasting relief from chronic pain with these new psychological techniques.




About PRT

Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT) is a system of psychological techniques designed to rewire the brain and break the cycle of chronic pain.

PRT has five main components:

  • Education about the brain origins and reversibility of pain
  • Gathering and reinforcing personalized evidence for the brain origins and reversibility of pain
  • Attending to and appraising pain sensations through a lens of safety
  • Addressing other emotional threats
  • Gravitating to positive feelings and sensations

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New Study on the Effect of PRT for Chronic Back Pain

In a new randomized clinical trial published by four members of Curable's Scientific Advisory Board, there was one huge takeaway for people with chronic pain: there is hope for lasting relief.

The study was designed to measure the outcomes of treating chronic back pain patients with Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT). It was published in JAMA Psychiatry, a peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association.

Results of the study show:

Pain Reprocessing Therapy study results. New treatment for Back Pain performs better than placebo and usual clinical care

View the full study results here!

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Try Pain Reprocessing Therapy

The exercises below are part of a series of 6 PRT exercises designed exclusively for the Curable program. If you enjoy these, be sure to check out the full Curable program for the rest!

Somatic Tracking

Learn to attend to the physical sensations in your body without judgment or fear.

Leaning Into Positive Sensations

Practice shifting your focus towards the sensations in your body that feel comfortable and natural, like the breath.

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Creating Your Sensory Home Base

Establish an "anchor" that you can return to anytime you sense your pain system spiraling out of control.

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Meet the Creators of PRT

Alan Gordon, LCSW

Alan Gordon LCSW

Alan is the Founder & Director of the Pain Psychology Center in Los Angeles. He is a founding member of Curable's Scientific Advisory Board, an adjunct assistant professor at USC, and just completed a groundbreaking neuroimaging study on the treatment of chronic pain.

Alon Ziv

Alon has a degree in neuroscience and was awarded the Certificate of Distinction in Teaching in Biology from UCLA. He is the author of "Breeding Between the Lines" and has appeared on BBC London News, NPR and BBC Radio.

Common Conditions That Pain Reprocessing Therapy is Used For

The 2021 published JAMA study was focused on chronic back pain. Here are other common conditions of people who use PRT and the Curable app for relief.

The New Book About PRT

Out Now!
The Way Out: A Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven Approach to Healing Chronic Pain
by Alan Gordon, LCSW, and Alon Ziv

The Way Out gives readers a deep dive into Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT), a system of psychological techniques designed to rewire the brain and break the cycle of chronic pain. The exercises on this page were created exclusively for Curable users by the authors themselves to help share real-world applications of PRT. Buy it here >