Neuroplastic transformation is an educational approach to help clinicians treat their patients with persistent pain disorders. The latest and evolving discoveries in how our brains and bodies work together from research in basic science, neuroscience and clinical science are presented in a clear and practical manner to help people overcome their persistent pain disorders. It combines a workbook format with this section of the neuroplastix.com website to expand the workbook and give it functional capabilities as a teaching and learning tool that would not be possible in traditional “flat” media. While both the website and workbook stand on their own to provide eduction, they are best used together. The workbook serves as a reference and guide to incorporating neuroplastic techniques to overcome persistent pain. It is a source of knowledge, images, ideas, suggestions, self-efficacy, help, creativity and hope for people living with persistent pain and their practitioners, families and friends. The website is an access point to expand these ideas and to give people working on these techniques even more ways of using thoughts, images, sensations, memories, soothing emotions, movement and beliefs to overcome pain’s persistence. The techniques of Neuroplastic Transformation are designed to constantly counter-stimulate pain, while fitting within people’s lives. To accomplish this, most of the ideas put forth in the Neuroplastic Transformation Workbook can be used during the course of a person’s usual activities. The idea is to stay within the context of one’s life and to develop new ideas to use to combat pain while remaining fully involved and invested in the rhythm of living.
Each section of the workbook is keyed to a section in the Workbook part of the neuroplastix.com website. Each one of the website sections starts with Wiring New Connections, which lists the major points to understand from the workbook. Each one of these points is further explored with references back to the Neuroplastic Transformation Workbook, which is available for purchase on Amazon and in the Products section of this website. When exploring this web companion to the workbook click on links to see animations, graphics and videos. When done either navigate back to previously browsed pages directly or by using the back arrow of your browser.
The approach to using the Workbook and website together is the following:
1. Read a Section of the Neuroplastic Transformation workbook starting with the Introduction Section
2. Refer to that section in the Workbook area of the website
3. Read each topic under Wiring New Connections on the website and go back to review the Neuroplastic Transformation workbook as directed.
4. Click on and view links
5. Go to the Neuroplastic Tips page of the section you are reviewing in the Neuroplastic Transformation workbook. Do as many of these as possible.
6. Go to Patients Taking Back Control of Their Pain page of the section you are viewing in the Neuroplastic Transformation workbook. Try as many of these approaches as you can
7. Come up with your own plan and write it down. Work this plan for the next month. If you are working this with a practitioner, come in and discuss what is helpful and what is not. Refine this plan and practice it.
8. Move on to the next section of the Workbook and the Website
9. Review what you have done periodically and incorporate the most helpful approaches into your daily practice, remembering to treat each pain intrusion with a counter-stimulation.
10. As you improve, you will need to do this less, because the pain will be less intrusive, less frequent and less intense. You will have more time to enjoy your life.
Neuroplasticity and Pain Bibliography