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Adriaan Louw


Pain Science

The more I learn about chronic pain, the more I realize that patients are desperate for help . Health care providers have so much to offer, but they don't even know it."


Adriaan earned both an undergraduate as well as a master’s degree in physiotherapy from the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa. He is an adjunct faculty member at St. Ambrose University, South College and the University of Nevada Las Vegas, teaching pain science. Adriaan has taught throughout the US and internationally for 20 years at numerous national and international manual therapy, pain science and medical conferences. He is a Certified Spinal Manual Therapist, Certified Pain Specialist and has authored and co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles related to spinal disorders and pain science. Adriaan completed his Ph.D. on pain neuroscience education and is the Director of the Therapeutic Neuroscience Research Group – an independent collaborative initiative studying pain neuroscience.


  • Vice-President of Faculty Experience, EIM
  • Co-founder, International Spine and Pain Institute (now EIM)
  • The efficacy of pain neuroscience education on musculoskeletal pain: A systematic review of the literature
  • The clinical application of teaching people about pain

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