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Acute pain is necessary, but because the brain and nervous system are neuroplastic, the pain system itself can be injured by stimulation. Even a small movement of an injured body part can lead to pain that spreads through the body and lasts a long time.

Doidge tells the story of pain physician and psychiatrist Michael Moskowitz, who experienced disabling and chronic pain after a series of accidents. Moskowitz read up on the scientific literature on plasticity. He found that there are about a dozen regions in the brain that process pain, and that almost all of them do other things. You may have noticed that when you are in pain you get cranky; that's because one of the areas of the brain that processes pain also processes emotional regulation.

Another such region processes both pain and the ability to visualise; brain scans show that chronic pain hijacks about 15 per cent of visual processing. He beat back his chronic pain with this neuroplastic mental intervention.

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Many of the stories of healing Doidge tells sound almost miraculous, but he is quick to point out that they are examples from the frontiers of neuroplastic research. This is not a belief-based phenomenon, he says, nor is it due to the placebo effect. If it encounters something that it hasn't met before, the idea is not to roll your eyes away from it and not look at it, but to actually look at it more intensively. Listen to this episode of All in the Mind to hear more from Dr Norman Doige about how the brain can heal itself. This [series episode segment] has image, and transcript.


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Add your comment. Thank you for your piece on brain plasticity.

I am an artist who works with survivors of trauma - teaching them art making skills, creative practice, how artists think and work so that these practices can become part of the life of survivors in some way, and reduce the effects of their traumatic past and present. Over the years I have heard many people describe this as "a distraction" although I have always maintained it is not - it is a focussed activity that the participants have chosen to do. The creative practice - and the desire to do something not therapy-based, with others who share a traumatic history has been remarkable in its capacity to help victims recover.

I have long been interested in neuroplasticity - and after you program, got to wondering whether this focussed creative practice is successful because like your discussion about pain, art can eventually overtake some of the feelings associated with trauma through practice. As this work was also a PhD for me - I know the benefits of arts practice to building capacity, self-esteem, reducing addictive behaviours, lessening the need for medications, improving social engagement and reducing profound isolation.

More and more we are learning why art is so transformational and I think this knowledge about neurplasticity is filling in some of the gaps that artists just know intuitively. Reply Alert moderator. With first hand experience after suffering a TBI from an accident, I know my dead piece of frontal lobe can never heal. Never ever, it is dead forever. However, my neurologist said that we have plenty of spare capacity in the brain and I have to perservere and persist in doing things the frontal lobe used to do.

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That way I make new connections in the spare capacity The minute you think you are a vegetable forever, then you will be a vegetable forever. I am amazed at my recovery from a TBI and frontal lobe damage. After 8 years I am now able to do normal daily tasks which I was unable to do after the accident. I never gave up on testing my limits and as I lived alone I had no one to assist me with anything, so it was sink or swim. Neuroplasticity has much to offer us.

I work with a very simple neurofeedback system called NeurOptimal which has had great results with stress, anxiety, PTSD and even an extraordinary result with someone who had TBI. She has since gone on to become a trainer using this system. Over time, the brain's normal functioning is affected by trauma, personal experience, physical injury, aging and other life events. NeurOptimal merely observes and monitors the brain's activity in real time - informing it when it detects problematic functioning.

The brain's self healing capacity is then engaged. For the client, the process is harmless, relaxing and pleasant as nothing enters the brain the system is a listening device only, offering feedback by ceasing the music in the moment the client is listening to. The client's brain guides any changes it may desire.

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My mother at 93 was going down hill mentally and physically mainly due to living by herself. Early on before things got very bad I would see her on my way to work most days and she was pretty much lost in her own home. Mum would have spent the whole day looking for something and when asked what it is, not know.

Unfortunately potentially due to poor diet and lack of stimulation she was admitted to hospital in her worst condition and assessed in that state. A decision was made by a family member to bring her home and I moved in with her in her home. Mum now is 94 and flying along.

She has hydrotherapy then a community centre physio group and a local church group during the week. And not to forget mass on Sunday.

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Highlights to me that Brain plasticity does not have a age boundry. AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of the endogenous cannabinoid system in controlling neuroplasticity. Synoptic transmission and the inducibility of LTP were not influenced by the acute pharmacological blockade of CB1 receptors, but inhibited by the CB1 agonist Win55, Full text Full text from provider Springer Article in German.

My experiences with pain are similar.


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