Books (Recommended Reading)

Bronze Tree

Helpful or thought-provoking reading on topics including applications in neuroplasticity, understanding pain, pain therapy, neuroscience, persistent pain, the nervous system, understanding pain and more.


The Brain’s Way of Healing
by Norman Doidge
Fascinating read on the brain’s transformative capacities in addressing pain & neurological disorders without surgery or medication
Chapters on the healing effects of sunlight & laser, vision problems, Parkinson’s, learning disabilities & more — highly recommended*

Soft-Wired: How the Science of the Brain’s Plasticity Can Change Your Life
by Dr. Michael Merzenich
Leading world authority on brain plasticity explains how the brain rewires itself across a lifespan & how you can take control of that process to improve your life

Understanding Pain
by Neil Pearson
Easy-to-follow resource recommended by pain practitioners

Neuroplastic Transformation Workbook
by Michael H. Moskowitz, M.D. & Marla DePolo Golden, D.O.
*Revolutionary treatment for the disease of persistent pain by harnessing neuroplastic ability of the brain

Why Do I Hurt? The Neuroscience of Pain
by Adriaan Louw

The Graded Motor Imagery Handbook
Please see Graded Motor Imagery section under Brain Rehab for more info

Explain Pain
by Lorimer Moseley and David Butler
Arguably the best book ever published on understanding pain**

The Sensitive Nervous System
by David Butler
The growing science of neurodynamics, illustrated

The Brain That Changes Itself
by Norman Doidge

Why Are My Nerves So Sensitive?
by Adriaan Louw, Colleen Louw & Kory Zimney
Handbook for those with CRPS / RSD teaches neuroscience of pain & desensitization
Invaluable resource for retraining the nervous system; easy to follow

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions
Multiple authors, all of them health educators

Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow & the Feeling Brain
by Antonio Damasio

I of the Vortex: from Neurons to Self
by Rodolfo R. Llinas

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey
by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.
Recovery from massive stroke & brain injury: anything is possible

Managing Pain Before It Manages You
by Margaret A. Caudill

Painful Yarns
by Lorimer Moseley
Metaphors & stories to help understand the biology of pain

Manage Your Pain: Practical & Positive Ways of Adapting to Chronic Pain
Nicholas, Molloy, Tonkin & Beeston

The Sickening Mind: Brain, Behavior, Immunity & Disease
by Paul R. Martin

The Science of Suffering (Maps of Mind)
by Patrick David Wall
(Patrick was a leading British neuroscientist described as the world’s leading expert on pain)

The Challenge of Pain
by Ronald Melzack & Patrick D. Wall

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky
New insights into how stress & anxiety affect health

Coping Successfully with Pain
by Neville Shone

Positive Options for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): Self Help & Treatment
by Elena Juris

Therapeutic Neuroscience Education
by Adriaan Louw & Emilio Puentedura
Evidence-based perspective on how the body & brain work together to create pain

Battle for Grace
by Cynthia Toussaint with Linden Gross

No, it is Not in My Head: the Journey of a Chronic Pain Survivor from Wheelchair to Marathon
by Nicole Hemmenway

Buddha’s Brain: Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom
by Rick Hanson

Stop Pain: Inflammation Relief for an Active Life
by Vijay Vad, M.D.

The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief
(Recommended by Elena Juris, author of a book on CRPS)

Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the Dangers of Prescription Opioids & Gain Control Over Chronic Pain
by Dr. Beth Darnall, Pain Psychologist, Division of Pain Medicine at Stanford University

A Nation in Pain: Healing Our Biggest Health Problem
by Judy Foreman; published in partnership with the International Association for the Study of Pain
Recent scientific discoveries, emerging role of the immune system in pain, alternative remedies

The Culture of Pain
by David B. Morris
Restoring the bridge between pain and meaning

Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Myofascial: The Mind-Body Connection
by Celeste Cooper, R.N. & Jeffrey Miller, PhD

Broken Body, Wounded Spirit: Balancing the See-Saw of Chronic Pain
by Jeff Miller, PhD & Celeste Cooper, RN
Four volumes in total from 2012-14 (this is Volume 4)

Beyond the Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson
Methods for extending the mind’s power to heal & relieve pain

A Life Larger Than Pain
by Erv Hinds
The interrelation of mind, body & spirit and the crucial role of spirituality in breaking the cycle of pain

A Guide to Better Movement: The Science & Practice of Moving with More Skill & Less Pain
by Todd R. Hargrove

Pain Free 1-2-3: Proven Program for Eliminating Chronic Pain Now
(Entire chapter on neuropathic pain & RSD)
by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum

You Are Not Your Pain
Using Mindfulness to Relieve Pain, Reduce Stress & Restore Wellbeing – An Eight Week Program
by Danny Penman & Vidyamala Burch

Breaking the Cycle of Chronic Pain
Method synthesizing physical body & emotional mind to end cycle of stress, tension, muscle contraction, lack of oxygen & pain
by Sherri A. Obermark

Holistic Pain Relief
Information on a wide range of treatment & prevention options including acupuncture, intramuscular stimulation, nutrition & supplements
by Heather Tick, MD

Neurosculpting: A Whole-Brain Approach to Heal Trauma, Re-write Limiting Beliefs & Find Wholeness
Neuroplasticity & the shaping of neural pathways
by Lisa Wimberger

Could it Be B12? An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses 
Detailed outline on how physicians routinely misdiagnose B12 deficiency as a whole host of diseases, including neurological
by Sally M. Pacholok & Jeffrey J. Stuart

Explain Pain Handbook: Protectometer
Latest in pain science & groundbreaking pain treatment tool**
by Lorimer Moseley & David Butler

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
by Susannah Cahalan

Brain Maker
The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal & Protect Your Brain for Life
by David Perlmutter

by Hana Ros & Matteo Farinella
Very cool & fantastically illustrated comic on the brain: a place of “neuron forests, memory caves & castles of deception”

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ
The secrets & science of our digestive system
by Giulia Enders

EMDR Series
Books & music soundtracks on overcoming pain
By Mark Grant
Includes Change Your Brain, Change Your Pain