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Why are we talking about neuroplasticity in regards to Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, POTS & MCS?

What is neuroplasticity?

How does neuroplasticity occur?

How can we best affect neuroplasticity for recovery from ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia, POTS & MCS? 

These are some of the questions we answer in this episode of Wisdom from the Other Side as well as central sensitisation and the benefits of taking a wider approach to neuroplasticity.


Podcast Disclaimer0:02:53
Starting the discussion - sweating through the podcast 0:03:34
Why are we talking about neuroplasticity in regards to Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, POTS and MCS?0:04:30
What is neuroplasticity? What are specific ways in which neuroplasticity can occur?  0:05:57
Does neuroplasticity only occur in children?0:08:43
Dan tells about the remarkable abilities neuroplasticity can lead to.0:12:30
Claudia asks about physical changes between meditators and non-meditators.0:14:14
Does neuroplasticity imply that the illness is psychological in nature?0:18:43
How can chronically ill people progress with neuroplasticity when they are limited physically? Should we push?0:23:06
So does the illness limit neuroplasticity from occurring?  How specifically does neuroplasticity occur? (perhaps surprising to many)0:26:32
How other activities benefit positive neuroplasticity - the dopamine connection.0:34:01
Need to take a wider approach to brain-training - wider approach including physical approach0:37:58
Will you explain how ANS dysfunction can lead to central sensitisation?0:39:44
Dan talks about how the program was developed for other symptoms and then the overlap for pain.0:42:35
Dan answers how central sensitisation occurs in more detail0:45:27
Claudia confirms about how central sensitisation leads to reduced pain threshold & Dan comments on the MCS connection0:48:00
Dan starts to summarise closing message about the importance of focus0:50:25
Discussion around limitations on affecting neuroplasticity0:52:34


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