In this episode, Dr. David Hanscom talks with pain psychologist Les Aria about the neurophysiologic nature of pain as the brain’s response to perceived danger in the environment. This results in an increase in stress chemicals in the body causing anxiety and suffering. He shares the story of his own struggle with chronic pain, as well as patient stories that illustrate how his approach to treating chronic pain works.
Les Aria, PhD is a Pain Psychologist, who has been practicing for the past 16 years with Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Inc. He served as the Lead Pain Psychologist for Kaiser Northern California to help incorporate modern pain science, mindfulness and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). Les specializes in treating psychophysiological disorders/persistent pain and medically unexplained problems. His passion for mind body interventions promote a unique style to help patients relate differently to their suffering, and thereby shifting them into pain recovery and wellness.