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Did you know PAIN is created in the BRAIN?

The Paradox of Pain

Your brain can decide for you that you should feel pain even if it only thinks there is a potential threat of tissue damage. This means that even if you have no actual tissue damage you can still experience pain. “Even with tissue damage, your brain might not create the feeling of Pain” – Heidi Haavik

It means that the pain you feel does not always reflect the severity or even the location of your problem – if there is a problem at all. Science has shown beyond a doubt that pain is created in the brain. Our brains create for us the experience of pain to let us know that something is not ok.

Neural Plasticity

For some people pain can persist even after an initial injury has healed. For these people the pain has become non-informative and non-helpful. The pain itself has then become a problem. The brain has learnt to be in pain. The way the brain does this is very similar to the way the brain learns anything else. It’s called neural plasticity – or brain adaptations.

How can we use this information?

For starters, this allows us to ask different questions about why we might be experiencing pain. By opening up the possibility of other contributing factors, it then opens up various other solutions that might not have been relevant before. 

It also can allow us to trust that our bodies are pretty amazing and complex and most of all have the ability to heal 🙂

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