My own chronic pain story and a more complete version of the demonstration that is featured on the home page. This is the first segment from a talk at the Goleta Public Library. A playlist that will automatically play the entire talk is below the individual videos.
If you understand the basic neuroscience of chronic pain in this video, it can really help you overcome it. Knowledge is power!
Learning is an essential part of any Multimodal treatment of chronic pain. Here you can hear about learning with the resources of this website, the books of John Sarno, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Knowledge is power to overcome chronic pain!
Resuming normal activities is valuable for overcoming chronic pain. Guided motor imagery can get you started. Qi Gong and Tai Chi are especially helpful. Remember and use the phrases: Motion is Lotion and Sore but Safe.
Biofeedback is a way to gain control of physical processes that are not normally under conscious control. For example, you can learn to warm your hands by watching a thermometer while focusing mental activity on trying to get the temperature to increase. Consciously relaxing to increase blood flow to the hands is the key.
Guided Imagery can involve visualizing the pain areas of the brain as glowing lights that diminish in intensity. Meditation can decrease not only the intensity of pain, but also the unpleasantness of pain.
You can become proactive rather than passive and plan a strategy for your own recovery. The cost of one strategy, given as an example in this video, is less than $100 for books and thermometers, and Qi Gong or Tai Chi DVDs.
You can get all these videos to play automatically with this playlist.
After you finish these videos, I strongly encourage you to watch the video lecture by Dr. Howard Schubiner. My talk is based on the science I have found on neurobiology of chronic pain, especially fMRI, and mind body therapies. His talk is based on the medical history of mind body disorders and is complementary to mine.
Note, there are four other names for the brain problem that I have called Sensitization:
1. Tension myositis syndrome (TMS), also known as TensionMyoneural Syndrome (TMS), which is used in the video by Dr. Schubiner, who was trained directly by John Sarno.
2. Mind Body Syndrome (MBS), as used in the name of Dr. David Schechter’s informative website http://www.mindbodymedicine.com/ that has links to great videos including an interview of Dr. Schechter on Between the Lines.
3. Psychophysiologic Disorder (PPD), which is used in another great video by Alan Gordon who eloquently talks about ways to come to an understanding that it is important to work on the brain problem of chronic pain.
4. Chronification, which is used by the Apkarian research group, which has done stellar work in brain imaging of chronic pain. The placement of the lights inside the glowing brain in my videos comes, in part, from this group’s work.