Our center is well acquainted with therapeutic practitioners who work with somatic pain in the body itself. People with TBI, for example, have often received multiple acupuncture or shiatsu, massage, relexology treatments. This is because the problem is found in the brain–often along the sensori-motor strip, where the entire body is represented on the brain, as in the accompanying homunculus. What is astounding is that often with several LENS treatments, (under 10 in our experience) the cortex itself relaxes, and receives all those wonderful afferent signals from the massaged or treated limb. One auto-accident TBI victim could not relax his shoulders no matter how many treatments. After five LENS sessions his pain was 75% better. When he continued with his massages and acupuncture, now they gave him much more relief.
Sometimes, to help with musculo-skeletal pain, we use the Bales and the Len Ochs photonic stimulators. These devices focus a beam of invisible far-infra-red light (in the 880-940 nanometers bandwidth on the painful area, increasing blood flow and nerve activity. Some studies show there is a mitochondrial effect. (See cti.com).
Photonic stimulation can ease neuropathies, muscle spasms, help with atrophy or muscle weakness. It is known to restore functioning to CNS and autonomic pathways, stimulate circulation, and even effect the mitochondria (energy producers). (See photonic stimulator) under research.
It is believed that conventional neurofeedback works as well as it does with the central or CNS processing of pain signals from the periphery because it calms and soothes the sensory/motor cortex that receives them and mediates the subjective sensation of pain. Pain was one of the symptom categories we treated in our 100 person study, and it responded nicely to the LENS form of neurofeedback. The theory is that if the cortex itself is agitated through anxiety or hypervigilance (often higher frequencies in the EEG) pain is received from the afferent neurons more excruciatingly. On the other hand with a more flexible, yet stable brain, signals are more managable.
In the domain of pain, combined approaches may be just what offer subtantial relief.
[CTI images here]