Chronic pain knows no boundaries. It afflicts any person, of any age or any culture. “Chronic pain is distinguished from acute pain by its duration; pain that lasts for more than 3 months is classified as chronic pain. Chronic pain is also defined when the pain is severe or persistent after a tissue injury is restored”.

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is classified as chronic pain. It is “a disorder in which skeletal muscle or adjacent fibrous tissue is painful, or becomes so in response to use or physical pressure. Most individuals with FMS complain of subjective symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue, forgetfulness, non-restorative sleep, difficulty concentrating, and psychologic distress”. It is painful to say the least!

But there is hope for individuals who suffer from FMS. With the help of brain maps at the Neuroscience Institute we can establish how and where to train the pain with a methodology called neurofeedback. “Neurofeedback is a kind of biofeedback, which teaches self-control of brain functions to individuals by measuring brain waves and providing a feedback signal. Neurofeedback usually provides the audio and or video feedback. Positive or negative feedback is produced for desirable or undesirable brain activities, respectively.”

We use various neurofeedback treatment protocols to train component bands i.e. alpha, beta, alpha/theta, delta, gamma, and theta, minimising FMS or training it away completely.

Know of someone who suffers from FMS? Please forward this to them. They can also contact us on info@drcharlene.co.za

References

Lee, J. Y., Choi, S. H., Park, K. S., Choi, Y. Bin, Jung, H. K., Lee, D., Jang, J. H., Moon, J. Y., & Kang, D. H. (2019). Comparison of complex regional pain syndrome and fibromyalgia: Differences in beta and gamma bands on quantitative electroencephalography. Medicine (United States)98(7), 20894. https://doi.org/10.1097/MD.0000000000014452

Marzbani, H., Marateb, H. R., & Mansourian, M. (2016). Methodological note: Neurofeedback: A comprehensive review on system design, methodology and clinical applications. Basic and Clinical Neuroscience7(2), 143–158. https://doi.org/10.15412/j.bcn.03070208

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