The Mastering Pain Method is the seamless integration of sciences and therapies into a cohesive system for changing pain.
Every aspect of the Mastering Pain Method is rooted in science. From the biologically-based interventions to the process of identifying what works for each individual.
Learn about the biology of pain and why it affects us so much in How Pain Works. Discover the science of neuroplasticity and chronic pain in Persistent Pain Biology. Finally, wrap up your introduction with the video on Neuroplasticity and Pain Mastery.
* Note, these videos were made "low-tech" with the resources pulled together prior to our fundraising and actual site launch.
HOW PAIN WORKS
All pain experiences are biological! Regardless of the origin of the pain, the simple perception of pain means that a complex biological process is underway. Most sensations only activate a simple sensory pathway (e.g., the feeling of the computer mouse in your hand likely has no discernable emotion, just temperature, texture, and the pressure of your fingertips and hand).
What is amazing is that unlike most sensations, pain is a biological process that not only activates our primary sensory cortex , but also activates a whole network of emotional/evaluative brain regions. These emotional/evaluative components add the elements of suffering, agony, and fear to the sensations. This concept is not entirely unique to pain, however. We do have some other sensations that are linked to sensations. Think about an itch. The intense agitation that occurs spurs us to scratch it almost immediately or experience an overwhelming emotional/sensory reaction. Think of the panic of not being able to catch your breath. Like pain these sensations also activate emotional pathways that engage our brains and trigger a range of emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.
Follow along through the biological journey of pain processing. Learn how pain is triggered and how it affects our brains in How Pain Works.
PERSISTENT PAIN BIOLOGY
When new pain strikes it is like we are responding to an uninvited guest - we change our schedules, maybe feel put out, tend to the needs that have arisen and generally have increased stress and strain. Persistent pain, however, is like an uninvited guest who turned out to be a thief stealing your vitality, focus, and even sense of self. These changes start with biology. Our biology change in response to repeated stimulation. When we learn something new that is our biology changing. Persistent pain is a type of repeated stimulation that teaches your biology to change - to ramp up the detection of the signals and generally try to get you to focus more on it.
NEUROPLASTICITY and PAIN MASTERY
Changes to your biology don't end. Without addressing persistent pain the amplification system is in charge. When we purposely and directly learn to master our pain suddenly we are in charge. We become empowered to take back what was stolen as much as we can and change the learning process to one that benefits us - reversing the amplification process and learning to dampen the fear and agony.