Category: Pain

Pain Neuroscience Part 5: How to Decrease Pain by Decreasing the Perception of Threat

There is one thing I have left out up to this point and it happens to be the single most important factor when it comes to my experience of pain; perceived threat. At the time of the accident, my entire being was under a…

Pain Neuroscience Part 4: A More In-depth Explanation of Pain Using My Experience

It was June 12, 2011. I was out on an evening walk when a very fast car decided to join my friend and I on the sidewalk. I will spare both you and myself the details of the accident and instead, focus on my…

Pain Neuroscience Part 3: It’s Not That Simple

Injury doesn’t always result in pain. Simply put, the nervous system is an alarm system. But it’s not entirely that clear cut. Let’s say you were crossing the street and sprained your ankle. Ordinarily this would hurt but let’s also say a large bus…

Pain Neuroscience Part 2: Is Your Nervous System Hypersensitive?

A little bit about nerves… There are 400 individual nerves (about 45 miles worth) in the human body that act as an alarm system. At all times there is a little bit of electricity traveling through each of them. Various factors including stress, movement and temperature can…

Pain Neuroscience Part 1: Is Your Brain Contributing to Your Pain?

Pain neuroscience education can be a sensitive topic. The big underlying message of it all is that our brains determine whether or not we feel pain. This statement pretty much takes everything we thought we knew and throws it out the window. For years I have…