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Retrain Your Brain CRPS: Overcoming Chronic Pain
Living with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) can be incredibly challenging. The constant pain, limited mobility, and negative impact on daily life can make it seem impossible to regain control. However, there is hope. By retraining your brain and taking a holistic approach, you can break free from the grip of CRPS and regain a fulfilling life.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD),is a chronic pain condition that typically affects one limb, often after an injury. It is characterized by severe and constant pain, as well as changes in skin temperature, color, and texture in the affected area. Apart from the physical symptoms, CRPS can also cause emotional distress and impact mental well-being.
CRPS is caused by malfunctioning of the central and peripheral nervous systems. The brain becomes hypersensitive to pain signals, leading to heightened pain perception. This hypersensitivity causes a negative feedback loop, creating a cycle of pain that the brain perceives as a genuine threat.
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The Importance of Brain Retraining
Traditional treatments for CRPS often focus solely on managing pain symptoms, such as medications and physical therapy. While these treatments may provide temporary relief, they do not address the underlying cause of CRPS - the dysfunction in the central nervous system. That's where brain retraining comes into play.
Retraining your brain involves using neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to reorganize and form new neural connections, to change how it perceives pain. By rewiring and reprogramming the brain, you can reduce pain signals and regain control over your body.
The Steps to Retrain Your Brain CRPS
Step 1: Educate Yourself
Knowledge is power, and understanding CRPS is the first step towards retraining your brain. Research and educate yourself about the condition, its mechanisms, and possible treatment options. This knowledge will empower you to take an active role in your healing journey.
Step 2: Challenge Negative Thoughts
Chronic pain can lead to negative thought patterns, such as catastrophizing, assuming the worst, and losing hope. Recognize these thoughts and challenge their validity. Practice positive affirmations and replace negative self-talk with empowering statements. This shift in mindset can have a profound impact on your pain perception.
Step 3: Implement Mindfulness Techniques
Mindfulness, the practice of being fully present in the moment, can help alleviate pain and reduce stress. Engage in activities like meditation, deep breathing exercises, and guided relaxation to calm your mind and promote relaxation. By focusing on the present, you can shift your brain's attention away from the pain.
Step 4: Gradual Exposure Therapy
Gradual exposure therapy involves challenging your fear of pain-inducing activities through incremental steps. Start with small, manageable tasks and gradually increase the difficulty as your confidence grows. This process helps retrain the brain to recognize that pain doesn't always indicate danger.
Step 5: Use Visualization and Guided Imagery
Visualization and guided imagery techniques can create positive neural associations with pain-inducing activities. Imagine yourself performing tasks pain-free and focus on the sensory details like touch, smell, and sounds. By repeatedly visualizing these positive experiences, you can reprogram your brain to perceive those activities as safe and painless.
Step 6: Seek Professional Support
While self-guided brain retraining techniques can be effective, seeking professional support can provide additional guidance and specialized therapies. Consider consulting with a pain management specialist, psychologist, or therapist who specializes in chronic pain conditions to customize your brain retraining program.
Retraining your brain to overcome CRPS is a journey that requires commitment, patience, and resilience. By embracing a holistic approach and focusing on rewiring your brain's perception of pain, you can reclaim your life and break free from the limitations imposed by CRPS.
Remember, you have the power to retrain your brain and transform your relationship with pain. With the right mindset, knowledge, and techniques, you can conquer CRPS and embark on a path towards healing and a brighter future.
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5 Star Reviews by CRPS Patients
"Carol has written a multi-faceted book that every person with CRPS should have in his/her treatment tool kit"
- Deb B
"Because it's written by a patient, she gives her favorite techniques specifically crafted for CRPS/RSD survivors. I believe anyone with an intractable pain condition would benefit from reading this book"
- MaryMo -abodyofhope.wordpress.com
One of the most exciting developments in medical research for chronic pain is in the field of Neuroscience. Neuroplasticity training techniques demonstrates how the brain can easily "unlearn" old behavior patterns... including changing chronic pain patterns held in the brain. This new discovery gives pain sufferers all over the world new hope for relief. Anyone, of any age can learn these powerful pain relieving techniques.
CRPS Complex Regional Pain Syndrome formerly known as RSD Reflex Sympathetic Nerve Dystrophy is a complex neuro-inflammatory disease that presents itself with excruciating pain that often times fails to respond to traditional pain management. The recent opiate crisis further complicates the search for effective pain relief and CRPS patients are faced with desperate searches for effective pain relief. Neural retraining programs have been proven effective for CRPS relief.
Carol Charland’s revolutionary Retrain Your Brain 4R’s Neuro-healing Systemfor CRPS is unique, and unlike any other you’ve tried in the past. The therapy specifically targets the distinct pain and symptoms of CRPS. It is based upon the latest discoveries in neuro-plasticity of how the brain can easily “unlearn” old behavior patterns once thought unchangeable… including chronic pain patterns from trauma. You will learn scientifically proven neuro-plasticity techniques in neural retraining for effective opiate-free pain management.
MANAGE PAIN AND GET YOUR LIFE BACK
The 30-day program puts you back in control of pain. It utilizes the revolutionary 4R's Neuro-healing System with the latest discovery in brain neuroplasticity training techniques for highly effective pain management.
- Book is pain-friendly, easy to read and understand
- 8 learning modules teaches proven pain relief techniques you can start using immediately
- Added strategies: pain-reducing diet, activity pacing, peaceful sleep and stress control
- BONUS: Cutting-edge therapy called Recordable Meditation Therapy Script written specifically for CRPS pain relief. Listen to a soothing guided imagery meditation as it paves new neural pathways infusing your mind, brain and body with healing pain relief.
"I understand chronic pain. I am a pain patient"
As a Pain Management Practitioner, Carol Charland has a unique understanding of life with persistent pain, better than most author-therapists. She is a pain patient with CRPS- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Carol developed the revolutionary 4R's Neuro-healing System based upon the latest discoveries in Neuroscience, her expertise as a CAM Neurolinguistics Pain Management Practitioner since 1998 and her real life experience living with CRPS. She holds a diploma in CAM Complimentary-Alternative Medicine, NLP Neurolinguistics and is an active member of IACT International Association of Counselors and Therapists. Look for other book titles in the Retrain Your Brain wellness series, educational seminars and private therapy coaching.
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