Hit the Brakes on the Pain Train
Nerve cells behave in various ways to serve the purpose of normal functioning of the brain and body. These are Short Term Potentiation, Short Term Depression, Long Term Potentiation and Long Term Depression. Look at the graphic on page 29 of the Neuroplastic Transformation Workbook illustrating these processes.
One of the major ways pain becomes a disease is when nerve cells continuously fire with or without input from any other nerve cell. This is called Long Term Potentiation. These nerves are essentially runaway cells firing on their own and wiring other cells into their network to do the same thing. Left untreated, pain networks grow and pain increases. Traditional modalities to block or suppress this process are helpful in the beginning phases of treatment but long term solutions must be aimed at stopping and reversing the process. Incorporating neuroplasticity techniques as the hub of treatment provides a way to move beyond suppression to resolution.
Studies have shown that Long Term Potentiation can be converted to Long Term Depression by another nerve firing slowly in proximity to the rapidly firing potentiated nerve. Long Term Depression aborts the persistent pain process. Neuroplasticity techniques using this approach to reset the circuits should be able to convert Long Term Potentiation to Long Term Depression in much the same way.