The cause of back pain is often unknown.

This can help.



Cathy’s approach to pain management is different.


It identifies the missing factors of chronic pain and creates the road map to recovery.



Cathy is a PT and Consultant specializing in chronic pain management and cost reduction.


She helps people learn how through a physical therapist’s

active listening and

deep understanding of the body’s mechanics

it is possible to identify 

“what’s been missing.”


Cathy has developed a tool set to help others learn this approach to identify the cause of back pain and create a plan that makes sense.                                                  


Impact your knowledge of back pain in order to

help improve pain management and

lower the collective costs of chronic pain for your group, your patients, yourself.


The Book: For PT’s and patients to use together

The Video’s (education and training): Website subscription $10 a month

The Consult: Hire Cathy to consult with your group

The Measurement Chart: obtain copyright permission for personal or profession use.




More about PAIN


Pain statistics from the 2014 NIH Task force:

Each year low back pain is estimated to affect 38 percent of people worldwide

Chronic pain affects approximately 100 million adults in the US with cost of $635 billion annually


NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Low Back Pain Fact Sheet:


In 2010 LBP became the 3rd most burdensome condition in the US in terms of mortality or poor health.

Only ischemic heart disease and COPD rank higher than back pain in terms of mortality or poor health.


“I want to help the millions of people behind the alarming chronic pain statistics. I’ve witnessed the horrible effects of chronic pain on a daily basis with my patients. I can help.” Cathy Mahon, PT, MS




Cathy’s focus:


(1)  PAIN provides information needed to build the road map to recovery.

     Many important decisions are based on information gained through continual tracking of pain,

                                            in measurable terms and linked to the activity/position that increases the pain.



(2)  BASIC MECHANICS, are often significantly limited.  

                    Those limitations force the spine into positions and activities that it was not designed for, which hurts.



(3) THE PROBLEM: Improving Basic Mechanics is NOT EASY

Range of motion is particularly difficult to improve and maintain.



 I wrote down the steps I recommend, it is called the System Limitations Approach to Pain (SLAP)


These 5 video’s familiarize you with SLAP through brief demonstrations of key parts

1) Positions that cause pain is one of the most important aspects of the history.                    

 2 &3) Specific measurements: The importance of measurement technique.           

 4) Protective Program: A brief overview and a very quick example of positioning to decrease pain.

5) Exercise: taking into account the individual’s pain and mechanics.  




The PAIN STATISTICS reveal the

SEVERE problem and UNMET need.


The RESOURCES on this website were developed to HELP



Click here for recommendations of steps to take

for Patients and Physical Therapists                                                                                                                 


Click here for recommendations of steps to take.

Employers, insurers, organizations, and associations, support is desperately needed!




For those is pain: Start Today!
Following are instructions and a form for tracking pain.
The additional Resources will be available soon. 
Meanwhile, Contact Cathy Mahon at Cathy Mahon Physical Therapy LLC:                                                                    :