Chronic pain is one that has lasted longer than 3 to 6 months. Conditions relating to pain such as the following can be managed with neurofeedback therapy bearing in mind that all pain originates in the brain.
“Pain is unquestionably a sensation in a part or parts of body but is always unpleasant and therefore also an emotional experience” (Merskey 1986) as defined by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).
The emotional and motivational aspects of the brain work in conjunction with the perception of pain. Pain that occurs due to fatal accident, surgery, or domestic injuries linger on even after the injury has healed because of the emotional reaction of the brain at the initial incidence. This emotional response as regulated by the limbic system also imprints in memory resulting in chronic pain months after the incident.
How can Bio/ Neurofeedback Help?
Biofeedback can help you manage chronic pain by teaching you to change abnormal physiological responses that could be the cause of the pain you are experiencing using relaxation techniques. Biofeedback has been shown to be effective in reducing regular daily pain for those with chronic pain, as well as to for certain types of chronic pain such as pain resulting from migraines, headaches, chronic low back pain and Temporomandibular Joint Dsiorder (TMJ) in particular.
Neurofeedback can also help by training you to alter brain
wave activity which has been linked to chronic pain symptoms. Research has shown that pain relief has been associated with decreased beta activity and increased SMR (a special frequency of low beta activity) and alpha activity in the brain. Decreasing some types of pain has also been linked with rewarding SMR activty and inhibiting theta activity using an EEG device.
Are you experiencing pain lasting longer than 6 months? Biofeedback and Neurofeedback therapy may just be the Solution.