A transformative life coach in Scottsdale, Arizona, Peter Winslow provides direction on personal and life choices that range from career advancement and wealth consciousness to healing and empowerment. Peter Winslow also offers guidance on coping with the degenerative autoimmune disorder ankylosing spondylitis (AS), based on his own experiences with the condition. He developed a program for overcoming chronic pain associated with AS and published his findings in the 2010 book Heal for Real.
The book covers the trials and tribulations following his AS diagnosis and the steps he took to overcome the depression and addictions that occurred as a result. He shares his tools and techniques for creating positive changes in the body, designed to help overcome chronic pain and regain control from an incurable condition. His tips are also interwoven with powerful scientific and philosophic pieces of wisdom that promote dynamic healing.
Heal for Real is available in both physical and e-book format.
I’m life coach and counselor Peter Winslow. Welcome to part four of our series on the science of natural healing from chronic pain. We have so far learned that the key to recovery from chronic conditions is found in the phenomenon of “neuroplasticity.”
Neurologists have discovered that neuroplasticity works in two ways; it can be either positive or negative. An example of negative plasticity: many elderly people are understandably afraid of falling. Trying to avoid an accident by looking down at the ground in front of them while they walk narrows their field of vision which in turn trains the brain to decrease physical coordination and balance. The resulting changes in the brain actually impair physical mobility and increase the likelihood of a fall, the one thing they were focused on, but trying to prevent.
Researchers tell us that chronic pain is also an example of negative plasticity. It’s the result of the brain repeatedly firing signals on specific neural pathways over time until what was once temporary information becomes an ingrained habit.
It’s like driving a truck on a muddy dirt road; the more you drive over them, the deeper the grooves become. The repeated pain sensations in your body construct an “information superhighway” on the roadmap of the brain, but it is not necessarily a permanent fixture.
Researchers have learned that chronic pain in the body can be reversed through neuroplasticity in the brain. You simply have to adopt the specific habits, behaviors and exercises that replace the old habits and patterns of the past.
If you want to build a healthier body than the one you’ve got now, you can certainly do it. Incorporating mind-body techniques into your exercise regimen is proven to reverse chronic pain and illness, and the sooner you begin, the better off you’ll be.
I’m Life coach and counselor Peter Winslow, and this is part three of our series on the science of natural recovery from chronic pain. How is it possible? Neuroscientists describe the process through a phenomenon called “neuroplasticity.”
In cases of head injuries that cause blindness, neuroscientists have observed amazing changes in the brains of the victims. Using brain imaging scans they have isolated electro-magnetic energy emitted by the visual cortex, a portion consisting of approximately one third of the brain, and found that this region has adapted and retrained itself in these patients to supervise completely different skills.
Neuroplasticity is the process by which many blind people develop their highly acute senses of hearing, touch, taste and smell and are often able to master completely new tasks and creative endeavors that the rest of us find challenging and even impossible to do.
Until the mid-1990’s it was believed that brain cells do not regenerate beyond the formative years of development, after about two or three years of age. Scientists now know that’s incorrect. Through a process called “neurogenesis” brand new neurons are created when you enrich your environment by taking up new and interesting mental exercises like learning a foreign language, or utilizing mind-body practices like meditation.
Tackling challenging skills like these helps to ward off Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia because the process increases cognitive ability and rebuilds memory function. This means that new and challenging mind-body activities enhance neuroplasticity in the brain.
Here’s the catch: doctors say the initial changes are only temporary because you have to be emotionally engaged in the process to retain the results.
Permanent plasticity occurs when you feel passion, élan, savior faire and a zest for life because positive thoughts and a sense of wellbeing are critical for the release of the specific neurotransmitters and the other brain chemicals that enable the changes to stick.
Your new skills must be taxing, interesting and highly motivating for the results to become permanent. This is solid proof of the mind-body connection: you must consciously choose to feel passion and motivation before your brain can make the physical changes lasting and permanent.