September 16, 2021

Alan Gordon: Stop Chronic Pain

Alan Gordon (founder of the Pain Psychology Center and author of The Way Out: A Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven Approach to Healing Chronic Pain) stops by to guide Mayim through somatic tracking in an effort to alleviate her severe, stress-induced chronic back pain. After detailing his own journey suffering years of sustained pain in almost every area of his body, Alan highlights the benefits of pain as a danger signal and the importance of understanding the source of physiological symptoms in order to identify neuroplastic pain. Mayim and Alan break down the neuroscience behind the use of Pain Reprocessing Therapy to deactivate pain, the benefits of body scan meditation, and the relation between sensitivity to physical stimuli and experiencing strong emotional connections. Mayim and Alan wrap the episode with another round of "You Might Need Help If..."

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Alan Gordon

Director of Pain Psychology Center

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The Way Out: A Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven Approach to Healing Chronic Pain
A groundbreaking mind-body protocol to heal chronic pain, backed by new research. Chronic pain is an epidemic. Fifty million Americans struggle with back pain, headaches, or some other pain that resists all treatment. Desperate pain sufferers are told again and again that there is no cure for chronic pain.
Alan Gordon | Pain Psychology Center
Recent studies have shown that chronic back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia symptoms, repetitive strain injury, headaches, and other forms of chronic pain are often not the result of structural causes, but of psychophysiologic processes that can be reversed.
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Pain Psychology Center | Therapy Techniques
In addition to Pain Reprocessing Therapy, clinicians at the Pain Psychology Center utilize a variety of treatment modalities including cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, ISTDP, hypnotherapy, guided meditation, and mindfulness training.
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