Pain & Headaches
Pain and Headaches are found together, and also seperately. Pain can emerge from a combination of muscular, nerve or organ pain, and the way the brain receives the pain signals. In this way, some people have noticed that when they are anxious or irritable the pain is much worse, than when they are calm and relaxed.
The entire human body is represented along the Rolandic fissure, with sensory aligned alongside motor, so that when your nose itches, you scratch your nose (your hand automatically is guided to the spot from which the sensation emerges.) Some kinds of pain are completely separate, therefore, from the body part in which the pain seems to be. The extreme example of this kind of problem is found in phantom limb pain, in which the person has great pain and excruciating sensation of a limb which is no longer there.
Our office has seen terrible pain, from the case of Peter, a Vietnam Vet with shattered heels (told in The Healing Power of Neurofeedback) to many kinds of pain and muscle spasm, often based on trauma or physical injury (along with tbi) that will not go away, no matter how much the limb is massaged, or even acupuncture applied. We have found that these people often experience an awesome kind of relief from a few brainwave treatments. The reason is that you have taken the pain to its source in the brain, and helped to unwind the cortical knot that lay in its core. (Analgesic drugs also try, alas with only temporary relief, to address the idea of pain as registered in the brain–turn off the brain’s pain signal with a drug and the pain goes away while the drug effect lasts.) When neurofeedback however, has helped to correct the problem at its source, there is a more lasting relief, and then the peripheral measures such as massage, acupuncture, Feldenkrais, etc, may be more effective.
Pain relief is a promising area for the LENS, in which there are great possibilities for integration with other treatments. See also Ochslabs.com “Psychotherapeutic adjuncts” for useful exercises, as well as “A Sensory Approach to Pain and Emotional Self-Comforting.”