How Neurotherapy Helps Manage Chronic Pain
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 spurred great interest in searching for safer pain management methods, and over the last decade, neurotherapy has been getting most of the attention.
Neurotherapy began with the observation that controlling particular autonomic body functions is possible just by increasing one’s awareness of them. With the use of tools that measure heartbeat, muscle activity, skin temperature and the like, a person can get hold of fast and accurate information on said functions, in turn enabling them to change their thought processes, emotions and behavior just by influencing those functions. In time, such changes can become permanent, enduring even after discontinuing the use of monitoring instruments.
Neurotherapy is simply therapy that is applied to 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 brings on fluctuations in the bioelectric functions of the brain, leading to neurophysiological changes. By understanding the link between the brain’s bioelectric activities and the specific processes associated with each of them, specific processes can be altered through neurotherapy.
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 issues behind pain perception can change the body’s biochemical processes. Thoughts can have a huge effect on the said processes and possibly bring pain relief. Truth is, there is proof showing that cognitive pain control can directly alter opioid activity, increasing the production of endorphins, which combat pain.
Another mechanism by which neurotherapy can minimize pain is the control of pain’s emotional dimension. 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.
The functional organization of the brain is believed to be altered by chronic pain. With neurotherapy, connectivity among the different regions of the brain adjusted, leading to increased pain control and, in turn, long-lasting changes in neuronal networks which have the ability to counterpoise the changes set forth by chronic pain.
Undoubtedly, clinical data has proven that neurotherapy works in a whole range of chronic pain conditions: it can reduce pain from migraine, fibromyalgia and headaches, especially in kids and adolescents. Neurotherapy can also be used against post-operative and cancer pain.