What is Pain Reprocessing Therapy?

Pain Reprocessing Therapy is a therapeutic modality based on chronic pain and neuroscience research. It is a system of psychological techniques that retrain the brain away from threat causing pain towards a better sense of safety. There is a strong research study that supports its use for neuroplastic pain. What is Pain Reprocessing Therapy? PainContinue reading “What is Pain Reprocessing Therapy?”

What is Neuroplastic Pain and Why is it Treatable?

Neuroplastic pain is one of three main types of pain. It is the main type of pain behind chronic pain. It is just as real as the types of pain that are more based on structural issues, such as nerve damage or broken bones. There are ways to figure out if the pain is neuroplasticContinue reading “What is Neuroplastic Pain and Why is it Treatable?”

How Can a Therapist Help Improve Your Sleep?

There are several ways that counselling help you improve your sleep. Therapists often know the background to why certain items are listed on sleep hygiene lists and help you figure out how to use them to get you a better sleeping routine. Some of the things listed on sleep hygiene lists may not be practicalContinue reading “How Can a Therapist Help Improve Your Sleep?”

What is Polyvagal Theory

Polyvagal theory is based on the influence of the vagus nerve on different physiological (body) processes as well as psychological states. It also describes how there can be nervous system dysregulation and the process to gain more regulation in the nervous system. The Vagus Nerve The Vagus Nerve is the longest cranial nerve in theContinue reading “What is Polyvagal Theory”

How Do You Tell If Your Nervous System Is Dysregulated?

Nervous system dysregulation can create a lot of stress in your body. You may not know why you are feeling the way you are and not understand that it could be your nervous system. There are a lot of signs that can point to nervous system dysregulation, as well as experiences that can contribute toContinue reading “How Do You Tell If Your Nervous System Is Dysregulated?”

Window of Tolerance

The Window of Tolerance was conceptualized by Dan Siegel to describe how people operate when they are in the optimal state of arousal versus when they are hyperaroused or hypoaroused. You also can use it with the state of Polyvagal theory. It can be useful to people suffering from trauma and chronic pain, so theyContinue reading “Window of Tolerance”

What are Grounding Techniques?

Grounding Techniques are strategies that can bring an overactive nervous system down. They are different ways of calming a nervous system. There are different types of grounding techniques. Not all of these work for everyone. You may need to try a number to figure out what works or combine a few of them to helpContinue reading “What are Grounding Techniques?”

Self-Soothe Grounding Techniques

Self-Soothe grounding techniques are about taking care of yourself. With self-soothe grounding techniques, you are grounding yourself in things that are comforting to you. One important thing with self-soothe techniques is to listen to your body and do what is comforting to you and not what is effective for others. Each of us is uniqueContinue reading “Self-Soothe Grounding Techniques”

Present Moment Grounding Techniques

Present moment grounding techniques can help to anchor you to the present and help you find solid ground. They can help you when you’re experiencing trauma triggers, especially ones in which the past feels like the present. The reminder of the current date and time and the separation of the past event can help youContinue reading “Present Moment Grounding Techniques”

Distraction Techniques

Distraction grounding techniques are best used for tolerating and surviving a crisis situation that you cannot deal with at the moment. It is about moving you away from the extreme feelings, body sensations, and thoughts of the moment. It is important that you do not over-rely on distraction techniques as they take you out ofContinue reading “Distraction Techniques”