Neurofeedback has emerged as an effective alternative treatment to those with symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia affects about 4 million US adults, which is about 2% of the adult population.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. This condition can be hard to understand, even for healthcare providers, but researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain and spinal cord process painful and non painful signals. Women are more likely to suffer from the disease than men.
There are few treatment options for fibromyalgia, and Neurofeedback has emerged as an alternative and medication free treatment.
How can Neurofeedback Help Fibromyalgia
Studies have shown that neurofeedback therapy has had a strong impact on pain symptoms for those suffering from Fibromyalgia. Targeting a brain region known as the amygdala showed improvements in sleep quality and reduction of depression and anxiety symptoms. Neurofeedback works to stabilize brain waves, which can decrease headaches and abdominal pain, as well as improving body pain, decreasing muscle tension, chronic nerve pain and calming emotional reactions to pain.
Neurofeedback as an Alternative Treatment for Fibromyalgia.
Unlike medication, which has been reported to have numerous side effects, Neurofeedback therapy essentially has no side effects. The most common side effect reported from clients is feeling tired after a session. Side effects for medications for Fibromyalgia include, but aren’t limited to the following:
- Dry mouth
- Blurred vision
- Change in appetite
Neurofeedback can reduce pain, result in increased energy, allow better sleep, improve cognitive function, and increase calmness. If you or a loved one is suffering from Fibromyalgia and its symptoms, please call Dr. Connie McReynolds.