Read about this study where researchers taught people that the source of their chronic back pain could be a brain process rather than compressed discs, arthritis, weak muscles, etc. Pain research had already shown that while injuries may cause the initial pain that certain cells not related to pain can get stuck firing. By helping people think about their pain differently, as originating in their brains and not their backs, over half the participants experienced pain reduction and even elimination. Instead of using the language of skeletomuscular system to describe their pain they used words like “fear”, “anxiety”, and “neural pathway.” The researchers think that shift in understanding reduces fear and avoidance, which can weaken pain pathways and promote pain-reducing activities such as socializing and exercise. Sounds a lot like what we call rewiring in the therapeutic process.
Understanding that chronic back pain originates from within the brain could lead to quicker recovery, a new study finds
An intriguing therapy that shifts what people perceive as the source of their pain could aid in pain management.