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How PhysioFunction can assist in the management of chronic pain

EEG Neurofeedback Therapy (Axon)

EEG neurofeedback, a therapeutic approach which leverages real-time monitoring of brainwave patterns to enable individuals to self-regulate their brain activity. In the context of chronic pain, neurofeedback aims to modify neural activity associated with pain perception and emotional responses. By providing you with direct feedback about your brainwave patterns, neurofeedback empowers you to learn and implement strategies for modulating your brain function.

The Potential Benefits of EEG Neurofeedback in Chronic Pain Management:

  • Pain Perception: By influencing neural activity associated with pain processing, neurofeedback has the potential to reduce your perception of chronic pain. You may experience a decrease in pain intensity and an improved ability to cope with discomfort.
  • Emotional Well-Being: Chronic pain often takes a toll on emotional health. Neurofeedback can address the emotional aspects of your pain by promoting relaxation and reducing anxiety or depression commonly associated with chronic pain conditions.
  • Neuroplasticity: The core principle of neurofeedback is based on the concept of neuroplasticity—the brain's ability to adapt and reorganise itself. Through repeated sessions, you may experience lasting changes in neural networks, contributing to sustained improvements in chronic pain management.
  • Individualised Approach: EEG neurofeedback allows for a personalised and targeted intervention. By tailoring the training to your specific brainwave patterns and responses, the approach becomes highly individualised, potentially enhancing its effectiveness.


Acupuncture is a form of treatment that promotes healing. It involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points of the body. It has been used for thousands of years in China and more recently since the 1970s in Western Medicine. The explanation of how acupuncture works varies between Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the Western approach, but both support the use of acupuncture in pain relief.

PhysioFunction uses acupuncture to relieve pain for a number of conditions including:

  • Back pain and sciatica
  • Migraine and headache
  • Muscular and joint pain
  • Whiplash injury and neck pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoarthritis

Physiotherapy and Sports/Exercise Therapy

Targeted exercises, stretching, and rehabilitation programs can help improve physical function, reduce stiffness, enhance overall mobility, and improve mood.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

    The electrical impulses can reduce the pain signals going to the spinal cord and brain, which may help relieve pain and relax muscles. They may also stimulate the production of endorphins, which are the body's natural painkillers.

    Lifestyle Modifications

      Incorporating healthy lifestyle habits, including regular exercise, a balanced diet, and stress management, can contribute to overall well-being and potentially alleviate some aspects of chronic pain.

      Understanding the challenges, impact and management options for Chronic Pain

      Chronic pain is a pervasive and complex health issue that extends far beyond simple physical discomfort. It is characterised by persistent pain that lasts for an extended period, usually over 3 months. Chronic pain can stem from various conditions, injuries, or illnesses and profoundly affects the lives of those who experience it. Understanding the complexities of chronic pain, its impact on individuals, and effective management strategies is crucial for both healthcare professionals and those navigating the challenges of this persistent condition.

      Unlike acute pain, which usually serves as a protective mechanism signalling immediate danger or injury, chronic pain persists long after the initial cause has been treated or healed. It can manifest in various forms, such as musculoskeletal pain, neuropathic pain, or visceral pain, and is often associated with conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, or nerve damage. The subjective nature of pain makes it a uniquely individual experience, influenced not only by physical factors but also by psychological, social, and environmental elements.

      Chronic pain can present a challenge in diagnosis and treatment due to its subjective nature and unlike conditions with visible symptoms, chronic pain relies heavily on self-reported experiences, making it difficult to objectively measure and assess. This subjectivity can lead to misinterpretation or disbelief, adding an emotional burden to those living with chronic pain.

      The repercussions of chronic pain extend beyond the physical, affecting emotional well-being, social interactions, and overall quality of life. Persistent pain can contribute to conditions such as anxiety and depression, creating a cycle where emotional distress exacerbates physical symptoms, and vice versa. The constant struggle with pain often leads to sleep disturbances, fatigue, and a diminished capacity to engage in daily activities.

      Other Management Approaches:

      The management of chronic pain requires a multidisciplinary approach that acknowledges its diverse origins and the individual nature of the experience. Other components of effective chronic pain management include:

      • Psychological Support: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), hypnotherapy and other psychological interventions address the emotional impact of chronic pain, helping individuals cope with pain-related stress and improve their mental well-being.
      • Complementary and Alternative Therapies: Mindfulness meditation may offer an additional avenue for managing chronic pain, particularly when integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan.
      • Medications: Analgesic medications, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), opioids, and adjuvant medications like antidepressants or anticonvulsants, may be prescribed to alleviate pain.
      • Interventional Procedures: In some cases, procedures such as nerve blocks, injections, or spinal cord stimulation may be recommended to target specific pain pathways and provide relief.

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