Is Chronic Pain All in Your Head? The Truth About Neuroplastic Pain

Annie MillerChronic Pain

Chronic pain is an affliction that impacts millions of individuals around the world daily. Yet, despite its prevalence, chronic pain often remains misunderstood and stigmatized. One of the reasons behind this misunderstanding is the resistance to consider the brain’s significant role in chronic pain. Many people find it hard to fathom that chronic pain can be intricately tied to the … Read More

Exploring People-Pleasing and Its Impact on Chronic Pain

Annie MillerChronic Pain

Have you ever found yourself saying “yes” when you really wanted to say “no”? That’s the sneaky trait of people-pleasing. Many of us have been there, striving to meet the expectations of others while silently neglecting our own needs. Yet, could this habit not only impact our minds but also potentially contribute to physical symptoms in our bodies? People-pleasing is … Read More

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Transform Your Relationship with Chronic Pain

Annie MillerChronic Pain

As we get ready for a new year, it’s not just a time for resolutions focused on healthy eating, fitness, or career goals—consider turning your attention inward to address chronic pain through the power of intention. The intricate relationship between stress, anxiety, and chronic pain is often underestimated, with the key player being the complex network of neural pathways within … Read More

Embracing Discomfort for Chronic Pain Relief

Annie MillerChronic Pain

Chronic pain affects over 50 million Americans and many people struggle to find relief. Chronic pain isn’t just a physical ailment – it’s a complex interplay of biological, psychological, and environmental factors. Let’s dive into the connection between your brain, the fight-or-flight response, and how embracing discomfort can bring relief to chronic pain. Understanding the Brain’s Role in Chronic Pain … Read More

Procrastination And Chronic Pain

Annie MillerChronic Pain

Procrastination is something that we all do from time to time, but for some this habit is more than just a nuisance. Studies show that up to 20% of people report having chronic procrastination, which means they’re struggling with the constant cycle of avoidance and delayed action.  What does this have to do with chronic pain? Let’s examine the connection … Read More

Neuroplasticity and the Vicious Cycle: How Anxiety Rewires the Brain to Fuel Chronic Pain

Annie MillerAnxiety, Chronic Pain

If you suffer from chronic pain and anxiety, then you know how these conditions can impact your quality of life. The complex relationship between these two diseases has been heavily researched, often finding that neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to rewire based on certain stimuli) plays a role in how they coexist. In this article, we’ll investigate how worry alters brain … Read More

How Your Mental Load Impacts Chronic Pain

Annie MillerChronic Pain

How Your Mental Load Impacts Chronic Pain

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed that managing the simplest of chores seems impossible? Mental load, or cognitive load, is the amount of mental effort it takes to perform a task. It’s that mental list that you keep in your head of all of the things that you need to tackle in a day, week, or month.  And your mental … Read More

Why a “Quick-Fix” Mentality can be Harmful

Annie MillerChronic Pain

As human beings, we often seek out fast solutions to our problems. We want to feel better as soon as possible, whether it’s by taking a pill or indulging in some other form of instant gratification. However, the quick-fix mentality can actually be counterproductive. Our brains are always changing and growing, in response to our thoughts and behaviors, and if … Read More

Why Your Fear of Pain Might be Causing More Pain

Annie MillerChronic Pain

Living with chronic pain can be a challenging and frustrating experience. It can impact every aspect of your life, from your ability to work, your social relationships, and even your mental health. One of the most challenging aspects of living with pain is the fear that comes along with it. When we experience pain, our natural instinct is to try … Read More