Pain and Your Brain: How Do Mind-Body Techniques Affect the Central Mechanisms of Pain?

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 6:00pm
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Via Livestream
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Join us as UArizona's Dr. Ann Marie Chiasson discusses the impact of pain on the brain. She will provide an overview of pain transmission, pain circuitry, and changes in the structure and functioning of the brain. She will highlight some of the physical changes that can be seen via imaging of the brain such as MRI for those experiencing chronic pain. She will outline the overlap and connection between chronic pain and multiple conditions, including: post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, and restless leg syndrome, among others. In addition, the relationship between chronic pain and mental health will be addressed as Dr. Chiasson shares meaningful research highlighting this critical link.

From her perspective as a board-certified integrative medicine physician, she will also give a broad overview of mind-body medicine, which focuses on "the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behavior and the ways in which emotional, mental, social, and behavioral factors directly affect health." Examples of mind-body practices include hypnosis, guided imagery, mindfulness, biofeedback, and meditation. She will cover the evidence for these mind-body interventions as they relate to chronic pain and provide the audience with useful resources.

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, and director of the fellowship at the world-renowned UArizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. She is Board Certified in Family Practice and completed a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Chiasson holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Medical Doctorate, with honors, from Dalhousie School of Medicine in Nova Scotia, Canada. She completed her residency in Family Medicine in Canada and worked as a primary care physician in Northern Canada for the Central Interior Native Health Service, before relocating to Tucson. 

She is the author of the book 'Energy Healing: The Essentials of Self-Care' (forward by Andrew Weil, MD), and the co-author of 'Self Healing with Energy Medicine' with Andrew Weil, MD. In addition, she has authored numerous academic and instructional publications on Energy Healing and Integrative Medicine.

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Tracy Shake
(520) 626-6046
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University of Arizona Arthritis Center