Neural Retraining for Chronic Pain

Updated: Apr 15

Chronic pain is surprisingly treatable — when patients focus on the brain


We have come a long way since October 2021 this article was published in - The Washington Post written By Nathaniel Frank on October 15, 2021 in developing effective neural retraining programs for opiate-free pain relief.


One of the most exciting developments in modern research for pain management is in the field of neuroscience, the brain's neuroplasticity and the creation of NRT Neural Retraining Therapy programs. This revolutionary new therapy approach using brain neuroplasticity gives pain sufferers worldwide new hope for an opiate-free solution to managing persistent pain. neural retraining may sound complicated, but it is not, it simply takes repetition of the specific retraining technique to be successful. Anyone of any age can perform the techniques on themselves, even a child can benefit from the calming techniques.


Neural Retraining is an opiate-free option that gives chronic pain sufferers new hope. Neuroscience discoveries into brain neuroplasticity has shown us that what the brain can learn... it can "unlearn" including chronic pain behavior patterns. Changing an old behavior pattern or habit once thought ingrained and unchangeable is now possible with Neural Retraining techniques.


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Article Excerpt: "The view that chronic pain originates in the brain — that it’s fundamentally a psychological phenomenon, and can be eliminated by altering thoughts, beliefs and feelings rather than by changing something in the body or flooding it with chemicals — has long been controversial and is still largely dismissed as New Age hooey or offensive victim-blaming. But what started out as a hunch by health-care practitioners on the fringe is finally being proved true by science. It’s increasingly clear that chronic pain is often “neuroplastic” — generated by the brain in a misbegotten effort to protect us from danger. And that’s good news, because what the brain learns, we are discovering, it can unlearn.


The latest evidence comes in a peer-reviewed study just published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry that includes striking results from a randomized controlled trial conducted at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In the study, 151 subjects with persistent back pain were randomly assigned to one of three groups. A third of them were given no treatment other than their usual care (the control group), a third were given a placebo, and a third were given eight one-hour sessions of a new treatment called “pain reprocessing therapy” (PRT). Developed by Alan Gordon, director of the Pain Psychology Center in Los Angeles, the technique teaches patients to reinterpret pain as a neutral sensation coming from the brain rather than as evidence of a dangerous physical condition. As people come to view their pain as uncomfortable but nonthreatening, their brains rewire the neural pathways that were generating the pain signals, and the pain subsides.

Remarkably, 66 percent of the subjects receiving PRT were nearly or fully pain-free after this purely psychological intervention, compared with just 10 percent of the control group. A whopping 98 percent had at least some improvement, and these outcomes were largely maintained a year later. “When our brains are on high alert, we interpret our surroundings through a lens of danger,” explains Yoni Ashar, a neuroscience researcher at Weill Cornell Medical College who is the lead author of the new study. “PRT aims to lower the threat level.”


A separate study just published by a team of Harvard-affiliated researchers obtained similarly impressive results, finding that a mind-body therapy course was significantly more effective in easing persistent back pain than either a more general stress-reduction program or usual care.


We used to know how to manage discomfort. Our quest to banish it brought on the opioid crisis.

This new research is the latest to validate Sarno’s theory that much chronic pain is not structural but is a mind-body phenomenon, and that changing our perceptions — gaining knowledge, altering beliefs, thinking and feeling differently — can dramatically reduce the pain.


This does not mean the pain is imagined or “all in the head.” It’s a brain response, like blushing, crying or elevated heart rate — all bodily reactions to emotional stimuli. “Pain is an opinion,” neuroscientists often say, suggesting not that pain isn’t factually present but that all pain is generated by our brains, and is thus reliant on the brain’s fallible perception of danger." (end of excerpt)


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