Chronic Pain


Expectation
Chronic pain is difficult to manage due to it’s persistence.  Neurotherapy may be able to assist in changing the brain’s handling of pain.  This includes headache.  Since all pain is experienced in the brain, it is reasonable that both a better understanding of pain and it’s reduction, may be a result of neurotherapy, which assists brainwaves to change.  The inhibitory brain and central nervous system circuitry are key to pain management.  This may occur in as few as twenty sessions of neurotherapy. Homework is the key to success.  

The Story of Bill
Bill (a hypothetical name) has been working with truck tires all his adult life. Twenty years of breaking and replacing heavy tires has been hard on his body. He has been told about good body mechanics, but never had time, since he was expected to run on the job. Although he felt twinges from time to time he ignored tham. Bill had a family to support and there were always new young bucks being hired. One day he lifted a heavy truck tire, bending at the waist and turning to the side. Suddenly there was a burning pain down his leg and he went on the work injured list. After Chiropractic, back surgeries and seeing doctors full time, almost, he was not improved. Bill began to spend his days in his recliner, for the most relief. Moving was painful, so he relied on family to care for him. Bill became depressed and wondered if life was worth living. As his fear of movement continued, Bill began to hurt all over. Pain meds, antidepressants, and muscle relaxants seemed to not help much. After awhile, emotions running rampant and no relief in sight, Bill was ready to give up. His pain was worse, and now he was getting headaches which were blinding.

Discussion
Pain is such a ubiquitous component in our lives. We find pain difficult to live with, yet without the ability to feel pain we would have tremendous challenges. Pain is a signal system that alerts to something wrong. Chronic pain, to the sufferer, seems to have outlived it's usefulness and make's life miserable. However the negative emotions execerbate the pain. The mechanism for this is also well understood. Essentially all experiences, including pain, are modulated or controlled by the brain. Therefore, understanding and beginning to change the way the brain responds, can change the person's peception of pain from "HARM" to "HURT." This may positively be effected with neurotherapy and psychotherapy.

The real problem is with the transition to long term Chronic Benign Pain Syndrome. This term implies that a malignancy is not involved, but the pain component vastly reduces the sufferer's quality of life. There is an even a more complicated chronic pain described as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). There are strong indications that this CRPS is centrally mediated, meaning that the central nervous system has decided to magnify the pain. CRPS is poorly understood but can be profoundly persistent and severe. We have had some success with retraining the body and brain to suffer less, with neurotherapy and other measures.

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