re.lieve Solutions for Chronic Pain Wellness Roundtable

Please join us for a series of 4 online live lectures that can help anyone, family or friend, suffering with chronic migraines, neck pain, back pain, hip pain, abdominal pain, pelvic pain, IC, IBS, fibro myalgia and more.

Learn about the empowering modern science of pain and self help techniques that, with practice and time, can retrain the brain, lower a hypersensitive nervous system resulting in decreased pain.

People often use the phrase “mind over matter” to describe situations where aches and pains in the body are overridden using the mind. A gardener comes in from gardening and is surprised to discover a nasty cut on her hand, something she wasn’t aware of while focused on her plants. Or a soldier in Afghanistan is wounded by a bullet but feels little pain until he is safe in the infirmary. If pain was directly and entirely linked to bodily injury, these examples would be impossible. A cut would always lead to mild pain, whereas a gunshot wound would immediately cause severe pain. But this is not always the case.

Pain scientists are careful to distinguish between a harmful (noxious) stimulus and pain. In the case of the soldier, his stimulus (a bullet injury) is noxious but not painful. Research has shown the brain has the ability to tone down how intensely a harmful stimulus is experienced. This process is known as “pain modulation” and is how our body allows us to put mind over matter in some situations.

Read more: Emotions affect how pain feels, as soldiers know only too well

To understand pain modulation, we need to understand how thoughts and feelings influence pain. Over the past two years, a project involving psychologists and philosophers at the University of Reading and doctors and patients at the NHS Royal Berkshire Hospital has explored this question. Our idea is that people hold views about pain, My buddy bought from this online marijuana dispensary and he really liked it– some of which they may not even be aware they hold – that influence how they experience pain and, perhaps more importantly, how they benefit from certain kinds of pain treatment.

Lectures take place Sunday evenings, April 15th • April 22nd • April 29th • May 6th @ 8PM EST

Admission: $20 per lecture

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