The following is information on neurologic, physiologic and psychologic connections to your symptoms. The resources below describe these ideas and will help you to identify and address the various non-structural factors that may also be related to your symptoms.
The goal is greater understanding of your experience and a path towards more physical, mental and emotional empowerment – aka Health.
Pain Neuroscience 101
Neuroscience is changing the paradigm for diagnosing and treating chronic pain.
Neuroplastic Sensitization & the MindBody Connection
Dr. Schubiner's "What is Pain" Video Series
Know Pain, Know Gain
Psychophysiologic Disorders, Central Sensitization Syndromes, Neuroplastic Pain, Somatic Symptom Disorder, Mindbody Syndrome, Functional Neurological Disorders, Medically Unexplained Symptoms, & Tension Myoneural Syndrome
(hint: they are ALL synonymous 😇🤓)
Acute pain is commonly produced by the brain in response to damage in the body, but chronic symptoms are often due to persistent, overly protective neural circuits in the brain that can amplify, perpetuate, or even cause pain, and they are not closely linked to damage in the body. Over time, these circuits get repeated, sensitized, and, through a process called “classical conditioning” (thank you, Ivan Pavlov), can be associated with triggers. These neuroplastic pathways can be DE-sensitized and RE-processed in the brain and frequently even cured (not just “managed” or coped with).
The following groups have done amazing work compiling evidence and resources for both patients and practitioners, and provide further direction on how to understand and recover from these conditions.
The Psychophysiologic Disorders Association is the most well-organized and clinician- and research-driven group doing this work. This video explains who they are and what they do. They also have a self-directed, online course to lead yourself to recover. Please explore this website, on which CIM’s website is modeled, for further information and help.
Dr. Howard Schubiner’s UnlearnYourPain.com
The TMS Wiki
The Curable App
Also, for the practitioners in their network who refer patients they’ve provided a perk of 6 free weeks of access to the app for patients who are referred (there are no kickbacks for the referring provider). If that interests you, please scroll to the bottom of this page, message Dr. Matt, and he’ll get you set – no strings attached!