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Our readings and video for this week highlight the biological aspects of pain perception and modulation. After reviewing the course lecture, reading the selected articles, and viewing the gate control theory of pain video, post your answer to the following questions on this discussion board:

1). In your opinion, why is it important for mental health practitioners to have an understanding of the biological factors that influence pain experiences?

2). Also, imagine that you are a provider who wishes to explain the gate control theory of pain to an adult or pediatric patient. Write a brief ‘script’ for how you might go about presenting this information in a patient-friendly format and include a rationale for why their engagement in psychosocial pain management strategies might assist them in better coping with their acute or chronic pain.