Chronic pain is notoriously difficult to treat, and like many complex disorders is best handled by a team of health care practitioners. Chronic (long lasting) pain is associated with a shorter life span, as well as co-morbidity with heart and respiratory disease. People with chronic pain tend to have higher rates of depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
In Western medicine, the first line of defense is opioid pain killers, which often come with side effects, and can cause other health problems. Psychological treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy have been shown to be helpful. With alternative therapies such as neurofeedback, acupuncture, or yoga, pain can be managed without side effects, decreasing the need for medication, decreasing co-morbidity with other illnesses, and improving the patient’s overall quality of life.
Neurofeedback can address the pain directly, through regulation of brain waves in the pain receptor areas of the brain. Progress can be monitored objectively, over time, through the use of EEG brain mapping. Neurofeedback can also be used to address other issues that a typical chronic pain patient may be experiencing- such as depression, anxiety, insomnia. The brain also processes pain in the emotional centers of the brain- neurofeedback works to regulate these emotional traumas in the area of the brain from which they originate.
From a recent scientific literature review:
“Data from literature confirm the high efficacy of neurofeedback in pain syndromes treatment, chronic and acute as well.” 
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If you are in the Fort Collins or Northern Colorado area, give us a call at the Wholeness Center to set up an appointment for neurofeedback.
Further scientific reading:
 Kubik A, Biedroń A. Neurofeedback therapy in patients with acute and chronic pain syndromes–literature review and own experience. Przegl Lek. 2013;70(7):440-2. Review. PubMed PMID: 24167944. (link)