Brain Retraining for Chronic Pain

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Key Questions
  • What is brain retraining?
  • What are the biomedical and biopsychosocial models of pain?
  • What is nociception?
  • What are structural pain and neuroplastic pain, and how do we identify each?
  • What role do our thoughts, feelings, and emotions (such as fear and danger) play in our own pain perception?
  • What is the “Boulder back pain study,” and what were its findings?
  • What is pain reprocessing therapy?
  • What is somatic tracking?
  • Can brain retraining have a positive impact on migraine symptoms like nausea, brain fog, vertigo, and sensitivity to light, sound, and smells?
  • Can brain retraining help when an individual has experienced chronic pain for several years?
Interview Notes
Treatments Mentioned
  • Healing Track (the forthcoming app)
  • Pain reprocessing therapy (PRT)
  • Somatic tracking

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Bethany Ranes, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer
Healing Track (forthcoming)

Dr. Bethany Ranes specializes in bridging neuroscience and psychology by approaching mental health from the perspective of cognitive neuroscience. Her work focuses on translational science — taking new ideas discovered in laboratories and helping turn them into effective therapies that directly benefit patients. Her current passions involve working on brain-based therapies for chronic health conditions, with a particular focus on chronic pain.

In collaboration with fellow health professionals, Dr. Ranes works to help develop neuroscience-informed interventions for behavior change and nonpharmacological treatment options for conditions like depression, anxiety, diabetes, cardiovascular issues, and autoimmune disorders. She has previously worked as a lead research scientist for the UnitedHealth Group, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and the U.S. Army.

She currently serves as chief scientific officer for Healing Track — a digital version of pain reprocessing therapy — and she works as a consulting scientist for organizations and companies that wish to blend emerging science about the brain with accessible healthcare solutions in order to help bring a balanced mind-body approach to modern healthcare.

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