Pain Reprocessing Therapy

Treatment Protocol from Alan Gordon's Book The Way Out

pain reprocessing therapy to decrease chronic pain

Your Pain is 100% Real

If you are experiencing pain…it’s real. Even if doctors can’t find a physical cause, that doesn’t mean you aren’t experiencing real pain. Because pain is processed in your brain, you are really feeling pain no matter what is happening in your body

Pain Reprocessing Therapy is one of the most successful ways to treat chronic pain.

Pain Reprocessing Therapy is based on the understanding that chronic pain is not always caused by underlying tissue damage, but can also be caused by changes in the brain’s pain processing pathways. Something that wouldn’t bother somebody else can send you into a pain tailspin!

In PRT sessions, you will:

  1. Learn about the neuroscience of pain and how PRT can help to change the brain’s response to pain.
  2. Retrain your brain to learn that the painful sensations it is experiencing are not dangerous through an exercise called somatic tracking. This helps to create a sense of calm and helps you to break the chronic pain-fear cycle.
  3. Finally, you will develop vital coping skills for managing pain and stress that can escalate pain.

Pain Reprocessing Therapy can:

  • Reduce chronic pain.
  • Improve function and quality of life.
  • Reduce anxiety and depression.

What this means for people with most types of chronic pain is that there is hope. We can reduce pain because we can influence our brain and nervous system. We can learn to stop the loop and calm our brain to calm the pain. This is great news! 

Pain Reprocessing Therapy is one of the latest, most successful protocols to treat people with chronic pain. To schedule a free 30-minute consultation to discover if Pain Reprocessing Therapy is right for you, click the button below. 

Are you at the end of your rope with chronic pain?

You’re in the right place. Chronic pain can be exhausting, debilitating, and isolating. And chances are, if you are on this website, you’ve been to many medical practitioners looking for answers. It’s frustrating.

I get it. I’m Kris Sutton. I’m certified in Pain Reprocessing Therapy and a Certified Pain Management Coach. I’ve been where you are. You can read more about my story here. 

The good news is that Pain Reprocessing Therapy is helpful for people who have neuroplastic pain, that is, pain that can be rewired in the brain. You can see a list of the symptoms and conditions PRT can help with below.

After you’ve had a look around, click the “Schedule a Call” button to access my calendar or fill out the Contact Form to ask me any questions. I’m looking forward to talking with you.

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How Does Pain Reprocessing Therapy Work?

Pain is a warning signal that something is wrong. But when you have chronic pain, the brain is often misinterpreting safe signals as dangerous. In Pain Reprocessing Therapy sessions, you can begin to rewire your brain so that it is more accurate, hence lowering the pain signals.

The work of Pain Neuroscience Researchers has allowed breakthroughs in the field of Chronic Pain. A study at the University of Colorado at Boulder validated Pain Reprocessing Therapy as an effective approach for chronic pain. For the people in the study who received PRT, 98% of patients improved and 66% of patients were pain-free or nearly pain-free at the end of treatment. The results were published in JAMA Psychiatry.

Pain Reprocessing Therapy Symptoms

How do you know if you are a candidate for PRT for chronic pain? Here are some of the symptoms (not all of these are necessary):

Pain Reprocessing Therapy targets the brain and nervous system
Pain worse during stress
Your symptoms spread
Pain comes and goes
Large number of symptoms
Pain originated without injury

Random triggers (like weather or smells)
Symmetrical symptoms

Childhood adversity


What Conditions Can Pain Reprocessing Therapy Work For?

Pain Reprocessing Therapy, or PRT, can help with a wide variety of chronic pain conditions and symptoms. 

This list of conditions comes from It has been compiled by physicians David Clarke, MD, and David Schechter, MD, at the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association.

Amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome (AMPS)


Anxiety disorders

Brain fog

Burning chest pain (resembles acid reflux)

Chronic abdominal pain and spasms

Chronic arm or leg pain*

Chronic back pain and spasms*

Chronic cough

Chronic hives

Chronic neck pain

Chronic tendonitis


Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)

Conversion disorders / functional neurological disorders

Difficulty breathing




Electrical waves

Face pain*


Globus sensation


Hypersensitivity syndromes

Inappropriate sinus tachycardi


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), painful bladder syndrome (interstitial cystitis)

Migraine headaches

Myofascial pain syndrome

Non-epileptic seizures

Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Panic attacks

Paresthesias (numbness

Patellofemoral syndrome

Pelvic floor dysfunction

Piriformis syndrome

Plantar fasciitis/foot pain.

Post-concussion syndrome

Post-exertional malaise and chronic fatigue

POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome)

Repetitive strain injury (RSI)

Hypermobility Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (heds)

Neuropathic pain, trigeminal neuralgia and other neuralgias

Spastic dysphonia

Temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)

Tension and migraine headaches

Tinnitus (ringing or distortion in the ears), burning mouth syndrome



* “As long as the X-rays and MRIs do not show a tumor, infection, inflammatory condition, or fracture, and if the neurological examination is normal to rule out nerve damage, then: the presence of degenerative discs, spurs, facet problems, and bulging discs should not be interpreted to be causing pain.”  (citation: Howard Schubiner, MD)

“Kris is in tune with helping me care for my nervous system by implementing deep breathing/relaxation techniques at opportune times, which feels very good and helps me keep in mind how important this area of focus is.”
Shelli D.
Kris Sutton

Your Path To Managing Your Pain

1. Schedule a Call

Fill out the form below and Kris will contact you for a free 30-minute discovery call.

2. Discover How to Become More Resilient to Pain

Working in partnership, you will feel supported as you gain tools and insights to empower you and calm your nervous system.

3. Live with Less Pain and More Fulfillment!

Feel a sense of control as you use your tools to help improve your pain and quality of life.

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