Neurotherapy As an Effective Option to Chronic Pain Management
Patients with chronic pain usually get ongoing pharmacological treatment, but there are a few drawbacks mainly because of the unwelcome side effects that usually come with long-term use of analgesics. This sparked unending efforts to look for safer pain management techniques, and over the last few years, neurotherapy has become a leading discovery.
Neurotherapy began with the observation that controlling particular autonomic body functions is possible just by increasing one’s awareness of them. Through instruments that quantify physiological activity like body temperature, heartbeat or muscle activity, a person receives quick and factual feedback as to those functions, allowing them to control the same as a way to modify their mental, emotional and psychological states. After a while, these changes will stay even without the use of monitoring tools.
Neurotherapy is basically therapy directed at the brain. It focuses on brain waves and creates a signal that may be used to manipulate brain activity.
Over the last decades, it has been demonstrated that with ample training, brain waves can be manipulated. Intellectual activity causes the brain’s bioelectric activity to fluctuate, translating into neurophysiological changes. By understanding the connection between the bioelectric activity of various brain areas and their corresponding emotional, cognitive, pathological or behavioral processes, neurotherapy can make it possible to modify those particular 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 aspect of pain perception can modify biochemical processes that take place within 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 mechanism by which neurotherapy can minimize pain is the control of pain’s emotional dimension. The frontal cortex of the brain is linked to the feeling of discomfort due to 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. 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 may also help relieve cancer pain as well as post-operative pain.