Managing any kind of pain through Neurofeedback

Pain is the normal reaction of the body to the action of a harmful agent, injury, or disease, as an alarm signal. In some people, pain continues to exist for a long time, even after the primary causative factor is gone. When it persists over 3-6 months or even longer, it can be called chronic pain

 

Chronic, persistent, or long-term pain is pain that lasts more than 3 months. Although it has generally been defined as pain that persists beyond the normal duration that tissues need to heal after trauma, due to the difficulty of applying this concept in practice, it is preferred to define it according to an exact duration of time – 3 months.

 

Experts estimate that one in five individuals worldwide suffers from moderate to severe chronic pain, making it a significant problem on a global scale.

 

According to the International Association for the Study of Pain, the classification of chronic pain separates primary chronic pain from secondary chronic pain and comprises the following categories of medical conditions:

  • chronic primary pain

  • chronic cancer-related pain

  • chronic post-surgical or post-traumatic pain

  • chronic neuropathic pain

  • secondary chronic headache

  • secondary, chronic visceral pain

  • chronic secondary musculoskeletal pain 

 

Though challenging, dealing with chronic pain is not impossible. Pain and its symptoms can be lessened with a combination of therapies including physiotherapy, relaxation training, and Quantum Biofeedback.

A type of biofeedback is neurofeedback. The discovery that by being aware of certain body activities, one can regulate and modify them led to the development of biofeedback. A subject can get quick and precise information about those functions by employing devices that measure physiological activity like heartbeat, respiration, muscular activity, or skin temperature. These monitoring systems enable the perception of physiological processes, which, when combined with adjustments in thinking, feeling, and behavior (and appropriate training), enables the management of those processes.

 

Numerous autonomic nervous system-related functions, such as heart rate, breathing rate, or muscular tone, are subject to biofeedback. These processes can be managed using biofeedback, which can also enhance physical performance and overall health. These alterations have the potential to persist throughout time and even in the absence of ongoing monitoring tools.

In addition to being effective in dealing with sleep disorders, epilepsy, depression, anxiety, language processing, and stroke neuro-rehabilitation, neurofeedback has also been shown to help improve creativity, promote relaxation, and enhance focus. Chronic pain is a situation where neurofeedback has demonstrated intriguing results.

 

The way that pain is processed can be directly influenced by neurofeedback. A patient can change the electrical activity of brain regions involved in pain processing, pain perception, or pain memory by learning self-regulation of brain activities. As a result, pain and many of its co-morbidities, such as sadness or anxiety, can be reduced or even eliminated.

The psychological elements that affect how we perceive pain have the power to alter the physiological functions of our body. These mechanisms can be directly influenced by thoughts, which may also result in analgesia. In fact, there is data that suggests cognitive pain regulation may have a direct impact on opiate action, increasing endorphin production.

 

The way that the brain is functionally organized can potentially change as a result of chronic pain. By changing the connectivity between brain regions, neurofeedback can help regulate pain by causing long-lasting alterations in neuronal networks that can balance out the changes brought on by chronic pain.

 

In fact, clinical research has shown that neurofeedback therapy is beneficial in helping you deal with a range of chronic pain problems, including migraine, fibromyalgia pain, and headaches, which are particularly common in children and adolescents. Additionally useful for cancer pain and post-operative discomfort is neurofeedback.

The effectiveness of neurofeedback training methodologies and protocols has been continuously increasing over the past few decades.

 

Measuring alpha-activity and training the patient’s perception of pain are two examples of neurofeedback. High levels of alpha-activity have been linked to a “dormant” nervous system, according to scientific research. Because their neural systems are frequently in “alert mode,” patients with chronic pain frequently exhibit lower alpha-activity.

 

The activity in the precise area of the brain responsible for treating a certain body part’s pain can be measured with neurofeedback. It is crucial to teach patients how to control their own perception of pain; the goal is to train their alpha-activity so they can regulate their pain perception to a degree comparable to those who do not experience chronic pain.

It is expected that neurofeedback will become more well-known and important as a non-pharmacological therapy for a variety of illnesses as new techniques emerge. For instance, fMRI imaging can significantly improve this therapy by identifying the brain regions that are impacted by chronic pain and so enabling a more focused intervention.

 

Our Quantum Biofeedback devices (NUCLEUS and ED-X) are here for that. If one can learn to directly control the activation of particular brain regions, one may be able to control neurophysiological systems that may aid in the process of therapy.

 

Chronic pain is frequently disregarded in today’s society because we are becoming more and more disconnected from our bodies and the messages they provide us. Many people might tolerate chronic pain for months before realizing they have a problem and need treatment since they are used to taking a pill as soon as they feel it and carrying on with everyday activities regardless of how they feel. The most prevalent types of chronic pain, particularly in people under the age of 45, are headaches and lumbar pain. But they don’t start to be recognized as a significant issue that can’t be ignored until it affects their quality of life.