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Change the Brain; Relieve the Pain; Transform the Person

Expanding the Pain Map

The brain learns pain the same way it learns anything else. As we master new tasks, signals are sent with increasing frequency back and forth from body and brain. We make new synapses to wire in these activities and, at the same time, break less used synapses. Because the brain has to budget its allotted supply of energy and a great deal of energy is devoted to making new synapses and maintaining old ones, we cannot make the new without breaking the old. Other processes occur simultaneously, including
expansion of the actual brain territory devoted to this new learning, increased strength of nerve firing, increased frequency of nerve firing, rebalancing of brain and body responses via electrical circuits and molecular signaling and establishment of a new equilibrium in both brain and body to maintain this new learning.

When the wiring is happening because of persistent pain signals, the same processes form new synapses dedicated to pain, while breaking other less active synapses in brain areas that process pain. Read the text on page 36 of the Neuroplastic Transformation workbook. The
expanded pain map causes more pain and loss of other functions processed in these pain processing regions.

Look at the “Pain Makes Pain” graphic on page 36 of the Neuroplastic Transformation workbook. Picture the Substance-P being released pulling back into the nerve cell, instead of spreading out to more regions.

© 2012 Michael Moskowitz, Marla Golden Contact