Neuroplasticity, defined by Norman Doidge as the property of the brain that allows it to change its structure and function, contradicts long-held theories in science that claim the brain is hardwired or fixed. “It is more like a plant than a machine,” he has said, meaning it is both adaptable and malleable.
Since the origin of pain can be found in the brain’s pain maps, those who suffer from it can find great hope, inspiration and healing through neuroplastic approaches.
Norman Doidge points out that “one of the core laws of neuroplasticity is that neurons that fire together wire together, meaning that repeated mental experience leads to structural changes in the brain neurons that process that experience.” And so, he explains how the competitive nature of neuroplasticity allows us to weaken chronic pain circuits by reclaiming maps “taken over” by pain processing, using touch, sound, vibration and visualization. His book The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity is a wellspring of ideas, and the ongoing inspiration for the development of this site.