Shrink the Map
(Workbook Page 13)
The key graphic of the entire Neuroplastic Transformation workbook is that on page 13. This shows all of the perceptive areas of the brain where persistent pain expands the pain map, as well as many of the other functions in these same area that are being over-run by pain perception and pain stimulation. At the top of the page are the instructions to Shrink the Map, by accessing the brain with thoughts images sensations memories, soothing emotions, movement and beliefs. It is important to understand that these ways we access our brains are the keys to stopping persistent pain. The more consistent and robust the counter-stimulation to the pain the more we can take back real estate for these other functions. From simple thoughts to different sensory inputs we can teach our brains to move the relentless, persistent and constant pain signaling to comfort and pleasure.
The key is to not let any pain signaling go by without opposing it with other signals. Remembering that we learn everything by repetition and consistency reinforces the notion of always counter-stimulating the pain. Reviewing the patient experiences of opposing pain, helps with the ideas others have successfully used and gives the reader the opportunity to come up with their own way of achieving pain control.