Hi all, This past weekend, I got to attend a training with Dr. Schubiner and Alan Gordon on how providers can integrate the mind-body approach to chronic pain into their work. I feel so lucky that I was able to go to this training. I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Schubiner and Alan – they are both so kind, down to earth, passionate about what they do, and also, really funny. I also met a bunch of awesome, open-minded, and caring people including Andy B I wanted to share some of the most helpful takeaways that I wrote down from the training (helpful for providers as well as people who have neural pathway pain). I’m not recapping everything I wrote because most of it is available in Unlearn Your Pain and Alan’s free program on this site, just some key points: -Be careful of the language you use. For example, think “sensations” instead of pain. -Pain is a message from the brain – it’s up to us to figure out what the message is. -It is not required to have a major trauma leading up to your pain; it can be triggered by something relatively minor that you may not even be consciously aware of. -Our brains cannot perfectly distinguish between a physical and a psychological threat. -It’s important to document evidence of exceptions (e.g. if you are pain-free on the weekend but then the pain starts again on Sunday night right before you have to go back to work). -Fear is fuel for pain. -The faster you want to get better, the longer it will take. -Conditioned responses can be addressed by exposure to activities while feeling safe and confident. -Sometimes making a life change is a critical part of solving the problem. -The stories we tell ourselves are powerful – you can be the hero of your own story. This training helped me understand to not make things more complicated than they are. If all the evidence points to neural pathway pain (which it does for me), that’s the logical conclusion. All of my doubt is gone at this point. I hope this helpful! Feel free to message me if you have any questions.