Neurofeedback for Pain & Headaches

Extensive research has shown that Neurofeedback is an effective treatment for the management of conditions of chronic pain and headaches. Neurofeedback has the benefit of being a non-invasive treatment method where the latest computer technology provides the client with real-time feedback regarding what is happening in the brain resulting in the optimization of the intricate interplay of brainwaves that determine our behaviour, emotion, thoughts and attention.

Balancing Infra-Slow frequencies in the brain determines the overall excitability of the cortex resulting in coordination of the processes of the Central Nervous System. Regulation of these frequencies directly affects the brain's internal regulatory systems and the autonomic nervous system.

Given that dysregulated brain states, being hyper- or hypo- excitable is the underlying cause for the brains interpretation of all stimuli the use of Neurofeedback as a treatment methodology offers unparalleled relief for a wide range of illness including pain, anxiety, trauma and the results of inflammatory responses to stressors.

Research to consider:

Library of research available from International Society for Neurofeedback and Research

Gannon, L., & Sternbach, R. A. (1971). Alpha enhancement as a treatment for pain: A case study. Behavior Therapy & Experimental Psychiatry, 2, 209–213.

Ham, L. P., & Packard, R. C. (1996). A retrospective, follow-up study of biofeedback-assisted relaxation therapy in patients with posttraumatic headache. Biofeedback & Self-Regulation, 21(2), 93–104.

Jensen, M.P., Sherlin, L.H., Hakimian, S., Fregni, F. (2009). Neuromodulatory approaches for chronic pain management: Research findings and clinical implications. Journal of Neurotherapy, 13(4), 196– 213.

Jensen, M. P., Grierson, C., Tracy-Smith, V., Bacigalupi, S. C., Othmer, S. (2007). Neurofeedback treatment for pain associated with complex regional pain syndrome. Journal of Neurotherapy, 11(1), 45–53.

Sime, A. (2004). Case study of trigeminal neuralgia using neurofeedback and peripheral biofeedback. Journal of Neurotherapy, 8(1), 59–71.

Extensive research library by Dr Michael Tansey

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