Re-wiring the brain

Stefanie Garber

The brain's ability to adapt to new situations might be the key to understanding long-term chronic pain.

Chronic pain remains something of a mystery to researchers, as pain often persists even in the absence of tissue damage. The answer may lie in the brain’s neuroplasticity, meaning its ability to re-wire in response to new experiences. If you slam your finger in a door, pain receptors communicate a danger signal to your brain via neural pathways in your nervous system. In response, the brain goes into a state of hyperawareness to ...

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