About the Study

The Stanford Center for Back Pain is a nationally-funded center studying evidence-based, non-drug treatments for chronic low back pain: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Acupuncture.   

Our research team includes experts in the field of Pain Medicine, Neuroscience, Psychology, Behavioral Sciences, and Psychiatry. We are working together with a common mission to better understand how different therapies work for the individual suffering with chronic low back pain. It is our hope that our research will have a large impact on treatments for chronic low back pain in the future. Understanding mechanisms (how the treatment works and for whom), provides us with a unique opportunity to begin personalizing treatments to the individual suffering with chronic low back pain.

Principal Investigators: Sean Mackey, MD, PhD,  James Gross, PhDRachel Manber, PhD

Sponsor: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

Study procedures are AT NO COST and you may be compensated for participation.

About the Treatments

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is a well established therapy for the treatment of chronic pain. This therapy involves examining and working to change thoughts and behaviors that are known to increase pain, while establishing and strengthening coping mechanisms that decrease pain.  

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): MBSR is a meditation based therapy incorporating mindfulness meditation and movement. MBSR was standardized into medical practice in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli and is a well established treatment for chronic pain.  

Acupuncture: This treatment originates from traditional Chinese medicine and has long been used for the treatment of pain. Acupuncture involves the stimulation of specific points along the skin of the body using thin needles.  


Questions about the study? Please email snapl@stanford.edu or call (650) 723-3032.

Participant's right questions, contact 1-866-680-2906.