April 22, 2022

How Neuroplasticity Can Help Treat Chronic Pain

A few decades ago, researchers thought that the human brain contained a relatively fixed number of neurons. In other words, there was no creation of new brain cells. Today, scientists stand corrected. The brain has an incredible ability to create new connections, reorganize pathways, and develop new neurons. We call this concept neuroplasticity, the only approved scientific concept that allows your brain structure to change and the nervous system to adapt. From the patient’s point of view, neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to heal itself after injury when given the right stimuli. 

The Brains Relationship With Pain 

The brain and nervous system start to go into overdrive when an individual experiences persistent pain. This kind of neuroplasticity is called ‘central sensitization,’ which impacts your immune system. An individual in this constant state of pain releases chemicals increasing the number and quality of signals and connections in the brain. This disturbance in the brain can cause pain to occur with activities or movements that shouldn’t trigger pain. Sometimes, pain can be felt without movement or spread to other body parts. 

Persistent pain is essentially a glitch within the nervous system that sends danger signals in your body, which the brain processes as pain. This can sometimes occur alongside a memory of the original injury or event that caused the pain. These memories may become intertwined, causing compensation in your brain and muscle connection.

How Neuroplasticity Can Decrease Pain

Pain management can be used to help re-program how the nervous system responds and interprets danger signals as pain. Pain treatments aim to decrease central sensitization, reduce pain, promote normal movement and daily activities, and restore well-being. The most successful way to achieve this is by changing how your body and mind interpret pain and respond to it.

How Matterhorn Fit Uses Neuroplasticity 

The first step of the Matterhorn Fit Method is the diagnostic phase which is the most important. During this phase, we identify if your brain and muscles are communicating correctly and if you have any compensation in your system. We do this by actively searching with low-intensity direct current electrical stimulation. We can identify if you have any areas of your body that aren’t communicating as they should during this process. Neurological disconnects are areas of your body that need to be re-programmed to function correctly. 

Next, we introduce Matterhorn Fit’s proprietary movement protocols combined with direct current electric stimulation to re-educate the correct neurological patterns in the corrective phase. Generally, this process takes two weeks to experience significant improvement. Our clients consistently report feelings of renewed hope, belief in the process and a passion for living life actively again during this phase. Once the compensation in your system is corrected, you have a clean foundation to build on. In the reinforcement phase, our rehab and training team collaborates to create your personalized movement plan to improve strength, increase mobility and build resistance to future injury. 

Non-Invasive Chronic Pain Treatment Near Fort Myers, Florida 

Honing the skills of using neuroplasticity to your favor can change your life dramatically. Neuroplasticity helps clients regain hope in their health and wellness journey by improving their physical and cognitive well-being. Visit Matterhorn Fit by scheduling your first initial evaluation at our Naples or Bonita Springs, FL facilities today! 

Angela Puchalla

Matterhorn Fit

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