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Three chronic pain patients who have spent years trying to cure their illness without success enter an intensive program to retrain their brains.

This Might Hurt is a documentary that offers solutions to cure chronic pain. The film follows three chronic pain patients who have spent years searching for answers. Desperate for relief, they enter a new medical program — run by Dr. Howard Schubiner — that focuses on uncovering hidden causes of pain, and retraining their brains to switch the pain off.

While only a handful of doctors are aware of the treatment shown in this film, it’s quickly gaining recognition. Emotional Acceptance and Expression Therapy (EAET) was proven effective in a large randomized study, and was recommended by the NIH’s task force to combat the opioid epidemic. This Might Hurt provides an intimate exploration of this cutting-edge treatment, and suggests a path to healing for millions.

With subtitles in English, Spanish, Hebrew, Brazilian Portuguese, German, French, Dutch, Russian, Hindi, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), and Arabic.

Official Selection of the Austin Film Festival, Detroit Free Press Film festival

  • Year
  • Runtime
    80 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Kent Bassett, Marion Cunninghman
  • Producer
    Kent Bassett, Marion Cunninghman
  • Executive Producer
    David Clarke, Jack Clarke, Doug Kimmelman
  • Editor
    Kent Bassett
  • Composer
    Jonathan Kirkscey
  • Sound Design
    Keith Hodne