Center for Mind Body Medicine
Empowering Mind Body Treatment for Pain Management
The Center for Mind Body Medicine treats patients suffering from debilitating
health problems – chronic back, neck or pelvic pain, migraines and
other hard-to-treat medical conditions – that haven’t responded
to traditional medical therapies.
Drawing on neuroscience research, we’ll empower you with tools to
eliminate or significantly reduce the severity of your symptoms. Our treatment
involves teaching you how to change your brain’s response to long-stored
memories in neural pathways.
The Center for Mind Body Medicine is located on the first floor of the new
Della Cava Family Medical Pavilion. To schedule an appointment with
Dr. Bradley Fanestil, please call 303-415-8615.
The BCH Center for Mind Body Medicine operates with the understanding that
the brain and the body are one unit, and that many chronic hard-to-treat
medical problems are persisting because it's a normal part of how
brains and bodies work. We also believe that the “cure” is
more likely to come from within you than from some outside expert or procedure.
Our job is to educate you about how pain happens and then give you the
tools to change the neural pathways your brain is using. We are building
on another major new concept in neuroscience - neuroplasticity - to essentially
help you “rewire” your brain’s pain centers.
The Center uses a holistic approach to treat the mind and body as one unit,
recognizing that pain and other debilitating symptoms are not always caused
by physical tissue damage. A board-certified internist Dr. Fanestil coordinates
care from multiple disciplines, creating a personalized treatment plan
tailored to your individual needs.
- Treatment plans include:
- Medical evaluation and diagnostic testing
- Education that will allow you to start getting better
- Mindfulness-based stress reduction
- Pain-reprocessing therapy to reduce fear
- Yoga, massage, acupuncture and Reiki
- Psychotherapy and/or writing exercises
- Physical therapy based on the “Explain Pain” model
Our focus is not on medications
We are happy to see patients who are already being treated with medications
of any type. We recognize the importance of medications for many patients
to help manage symptoms. But medications, while sometimes useful to alleviate
symptoms, do not cure chronic pain and are not a part of our practice.
Chronic Pain Conditions We Treat
We are happy to consult on any medical issue in order to establish whether
it is appropriate to treat with Mind Body therapy. Dr. Fanestil is a board-certified
Internal Medicine physician and we are able to perform diagnostic testing
to rule out more serious conditions and diseases when indicated and to
then advise you on treatment options for your particular problem
Most of our patients will already have undergone tests and evaluations
- often by several other physicians - and are consulting us because current
therapies are not helping.
Below is a list of conditions that often improve or resolve with Mind Body
- Chronic back or neck pain
- TMJ Syndrome
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Chronic headaches
- Chronic Pelvic Pain (men and women)
- Chronic joint or muscle pains
- Foot pain syndromes
- Pyriformis syndrome
- Functional Dyspepsia
- Chronic tendonitis
- Interstitial cystitis
Conditions We Do Not Treat
We do not claim to be able to treat cancer, heart disease, stroke and other
diseases where there clearly is tissue damage or deterioration. There
is no evidence that rewiring your brain will change these diseases and
we recommend biomedical treatment for this type of problem.
Candidates for Mind Body Treatment
Our Mind Body treatments are designed for those who have chronic pain or
a chronic medical problem that has been difficult for a doctor to diagnose
and treat. Many people may wonder if they are a candidate for this treatment.
Candidates for the Mind Body treatment include those who:
- Have had numerous interventions - shots, procedures, medications, maybe
even surgery - yet continue to have ongoing physical symptoms
- If you have tried or are considering acupuncture, dietary adjustments,
energy work or other “alternative” forms of therapy because
you have a longstanding problem that just won’t resolve
The New Neuroscience
The BCH Center for Mind Body Medicine draws on emerging neuroscience theories
to teach patients how to change their brain’s response to chronic
debilitating symptoms in illnesses such as back pain, migraines, Irritable
Bowel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and many more. Our goal is not pain management,
but pain cure.
Chronic Pain accounts for the spending of more health care dollars in the
U.S. than diabetes, heart disease and cancer. However, most of those dollars
are spent without a clear understanding of what is actually causing the
pain. Why does one person with a bulging disk have severe pain while another
person with the same problem is completely pain-free? Where do migraines
come from? Why are irritable bowel symptoms so severe one week and then
not so bad for the next two weeks?
New studies using functional MRI and other brain imaging techniques are
beginning to unlock the puzzle, demonstrating that pain can occur in the
absence of tissue damage or nerve irritation. In fact, emerging theories
suggest that our brain creates all of our experiences, including pain.
Many chronic pains and illnesses are very real but they are not physical.
But neither are they a psychiatric illness, which is why psychiatric medications
and psychologic interventions frequently do not help. Neuropsychologic
research in the past decade is demonstrating how stress and trauma are
held in the body. These pains are very real but there is no actual damage
to the tissue.
About Bradley D. Fanestil, M.D.
Dr. Fanestil is one of a growing group of doctors who have found that new
discoveries in neuroscience hold great promise for those suffering from
hard-to-treat medical conditions. He received his medical degree from
the University of Kansas and completed his internal medicine residency
at University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Fanestil has been practicing
medicine in the Boulder area since 1992.
Empower patients by giving them tools to eliminate or significantly reduce
the severity of chronic pain, and other hard-to-treat health problems
that have not responded to traditional medical therapies. Help to change
the understanding of pain in our community by educating patients, medical
providers and insurers about new theories in neuroscience regarding how
the brain and body interact.
Please view the following PDFs for more information:
Welcome to the BCH Center for Mind Body Medicine
About the BCH Center for Mind Body Medicine
Intro to Neural Pain Pathways
Contact the Center for Mind Body Medicine Today
If you would like to learn more about Mind Body therapy and medicine and
if it will help you, please call 303-415-8615 to schedule an appointment today.