The management of chronic pain is one of the most widespread and difficult challenges facing health care professionals. Most sufferers believe there is a physical cause for their problem even though sometimes the cause isn’t found. They tend to regard any psychological or spiritual approach with scepticism. Actually, it is probably true that such practices cannot get rid of pain. However there is evidence that some non-physical interventions can lower the subjective distress associated with the hurting body. When medicine or surgery fail, what then can alleviate the suffering? Why should we believe that psychological or spiritual procedures might help with chronic pain?