The Cause: Neuroplastic Approach

Blue SpiderPain Maps is inspired by the work of neuroscientist Michael Merzenich, a pioneer in brain plasticity research, and Norman Doidge, who has done much to bring the concept of neuroplasticity (and its applications) into public awareness. I originally conceived of Pain Maps after a conversation I had with Adriaan Louw, an author who teaches pain science internationally who believes that a fundamental shift in the language we use to talk about pain will in itself contribute to healing; his support helped me find strength of heart.

I am interested primarily in a non-medicated and neuroplastic approach to healing pain, in part because nerve pain does not respond well to drugs and often requires the use of heavy anesthetics or nerve blocks just to make life manageable. While I appreciate the value and life-saving aspect of this approach for some people, my focus is to discuss ideas and resources that enable rehabilitation, for those in the position to pursue it.

The more I “grew in to” building this site and the basic premise behind it, the more I gravitated toward a focus on neurological dysfunction, and on exploring what all disorders of the nervous system and the brain might have in common — how healing modalities for one may help another. And so, Pain Maps began as a resource for pain sufferers, but is rapidly evolving into much more than that: how interdisciplinary research is vital to breakthroughs in treatment approaches, and how an essential understanding of brain plasticity can change people’s lives for the better.

To achieve what I hope to on these pages, I need your help in maintaining, and continuing to build on, this site. If you found any value in Pain Maps at all, please consider making a donation (of any size). Monies received will go toward domain name & web hosting provider fees, as well as enabling me to free up more time for research and building on the site. Since I have CRPS / RSD personally, which has seriously impacted my quality of life, I am particularly interested in research that focuses here. Your support is greatly appreciated.