Jane had undergone knee replacement surgery 15 years ago. After 6 months, her pain was still at a 6 on a scale of 1-10. Despite heavy medication, she was unable to be fully bear weight on her knee and required a cane. Because of this Chronic Pain, she also became dependent upon these medications, so when they were reduced, the pain came back even stronger.
She became increasingly depressed and anxious and felt her life “slipping away” over the years. With her physician’s assistance, they discovered neurofeedback, which uses state of the art digital technology to monitor and train the brain. The only way to deal with the self-reinforcing cycle of chronic pain is to redefine the way the brain interprets nerve impulses and allow its sensitivity to return to normal levels. Recent clinical outcomes indicate that the technique of neurofeedback can be used to break the pain cycle which leads to a major decrease in chronic pain.
With the assistance of her doctor, neurofeedback, and weekly counseling sessions, Jane was able to stop taking narcotics. Shortly thereafter, she began neurofeedback and within a few months was able to walk without her cane. As she continued in therapy, her depression and anxiety lifted and she began exercising again. She is now able to run without pain and only has a little pain sometimes at night.
The key to this remarkable effectiveness of neurofeedback in dealing with chronic pain is not the hardware or software, but rather the brain’s ability to learn to reorganize and maintain its own balanced state. Neurofeedback is simply the most advanced way of retraining the brain, and it now offers new hope to sufferers of chronic pain.
Of course, not every patient who undergoes neurofeedback training experiences this drastic of change. However, we do find improved outcomes in approximately 85 to 90 percent of our clients. Consistency in treatment and a positive attitude are important for success.