Chronic Pain Management with the Help of Neurotherapy
Patients dealing with chronic pain typically receive continued conventional treatment, but there are some disadvantages primarily due to the unwanted side effects of regular analgesic use. This led to unrelenting efforts to search for better pain management options, and in more recent years, neurotherapy has been at the forefront of this campaign.
Neurotherapy hinges on the observation that a person can manipulate certain autonomic body functions just by being conscious of them. , a subject can get fast and correct information on such functions, letting them pull the strings and bring desired changes in behavior, emotions and thought processes. In time, such changes can become permanent, enduring even after discontinuing the use of monitoring instruments.
Neurotherapy is essentially therapy aimed at the brain. It focuses on brain waves and creates a signal that may be used to manipulate brain activity.
For several years, it has been proven that brain waves can be manipulated with the right training. Intellectual activity causes the brain’s bioelectric activity to fluctuate, translating into neurophysiological changes. By knowing the relationship between the brain’s bioelectric functions and the processes that are involved, neurotherapy can make it possible to change such processes.
Neurotherapy has been shown to relax the mind, boost attention, encourage creativity, and address different conditions, like epilepsy, anxiety and, of course, chronic pain. The psychological elements affecting pain perception can alter the biochemical processes occurring in the body. Thoughts can leave a direct impact on such processes and potentially act as pain killer. Truth is, there is proof showing that cognitive pain control can directly alter opioid activity, increasing the production of endorphins, which combat pain.
Another way neurotherapy can reduce pain is by regulating the emotional side of pain. The frontal cortex is the region of the brain that handles unpleasantness arising from pain. When neurotherapy training is applied to this part of the brain, it has been discovered that pain levels in both acute and chronic pain syndromes are reduced, with the patient developing higher pain tolerance.
Chronic pain is known to modify the brain’s functional organization. Neurotherapy can permit the reduction of pain by changing the link among the different brain regions, hence producing long-term modifications in neuronal networks that can offset the changes brought about by chronic pain.
True enough, scientific data has established that neurotherapy fights chronic pain in a variety of conditions – for example, in alleviating common headaches (especially in childhood and adolescence), migraines, and pain that is produced by fibromyalgia. Neurotherapy can also be used against post-operative and cancer pain.