Neurofeedback: The Drug-Free, Surgery-Free Pain Solution You Haven't Tried Yet

Neurofeedback Cutting Edge Integrative Pain Centers

Pain — especially chronic pain — is a very personal and and subjective experience. It only makes sense that your treatment is personal and customized, too. With chronic pain, the goal of treatment is to alleviate your symptoms, restore function to whatever body parts are impacted, and improve your quality of life.

How neurofeedback works

Neurofeedback is a subset of biofeedback, which is a technique you can use to learn to control some of your body's functions, including your heart rate and muscle contraction. Neurofeedback is essentially biofeedback of the brain: It teaches you to control your brain by acting as a reward system.

Your brainwaves provide essential information, such as your physical and emotional states of health. Pain management specialists are trained to understand the types of brainwaves associated with conditions like depression, anxiety, and chronic headaches.

Here’s an example of how neurofeedback works:

Let’s say you struggle with overwhelming stress that leads to headaches. Your neurofeedback therapy is watching your favorite movie. While watching the movie, sensors attached to your head measure how quickly (or slowly) and frequently your brainwaves fire.

The movie — your reward — only plays when your brain is firing at an optimal speed and frequency, thus subconsciously training your brain to fire at more optimal levels. The movie pauses when your brain signals are too fast, too slow, or otherwise out of balance, telling your brain that something isn’t right.

Neurofeedback almost always includes some sort of audio or visual feedback, though tactical feedback (such as a game) is sometimes used, too.

Conditions neurofeedback can treat

Neurofeedback is used to treat a wide range of conditions, including:

Neurofeedback is also often used to improve mental performance, increase productivity, and improve focus in people with high-stress jobs, such as professional athletes, attorneys, and surgeons.

Neurofeedback for pain management

Mental disorders such as anxiety and depression often lead to chronic pain. Neurofeedback works especially well for these kinds of conditions because it helps you to rewire and modify the areas of your brain that are causing you pain. Essentially, neurofeedback teaches you to change or control your body's reactions by changing your thoughts, emotions, or behavior.

Neurofeedback is often preferable to other forms of treatment because it doesn’t require any medications or surgical procedures. It’s noninvasive, simple, and completely individualized — and it could be the solution to your chronic pain.

Learn more about our holistic approach to pain management at Cutting Edge Integrative Pain Centers. Call one of our Indiana locations to schedule a visit, or click the “request appointment” button here on the website.

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