Chronic pain can affect a person’s quality of life, preventing them from conducting daily tasks and engaging in social activities. For example, one of my patients was in a terrible accident in his late teens and broke his back. Although his back had healed, he’s still experiencing excruciating pain 18 years later, which prevents him from engaging in his daily outdoor physical fitness activities like bike riding and hiking. Why did he feel so much pain after 18 years? This is because his brain continued to replay the traumatic memory of that unfortunate accident over and over again, causing his body to react and feel physical pain. According to The Good Body, 1.5 billion people in the world suffer from chronic pain and 100 million Americans experience chronic pain. The most common types of chronic pain are back pain, headache, migraine, neck pain, and facial pain. A matter of fact, chronic pain is the #1 cause of disability in the United States.
This incapacitating illness is commonly caused by a health condition or an injury, but can also appear without any cause due to a brain disorder. Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for weeks, months or years and can affect the way a person feels, causing them to feel a variety of emotions like anger, depression, and frustration. When people feel pain in a particular area, sensors are triggered and travel from nerve to nerve until it reaches the brain. Next, the brain will process the nerve messages and send out a signal that you’re hurt, leading to feeling pain. Normally, the pain will go subside, but for those who have chronic pain, it continues.
At the Eustache Institute, we gather information to not only comprehend how the brain functions, but to design individualized treatment plans for people who suffer from this disorder. The objective of each session is to redefine the way the brain interprets nerve impulses and help to return these impulses to normal levels. To help regulate a person’s brain waves, we reward the brain as it finds balance and stability, therefore, training it to become efficient—making the brain complete again. This highly effective treatment has helped countless people improve their quality of life by completely eliminating the pain they once suffered, like my patient who suffered from a broken back 18 years past. Thankfully, after several sessions of neurofeedback therapy, he’s able to enjoy his active outdoor lifestyle once again. In fact, he’s training for the 2018 Los Angeles marathon.
Dr. Elena Eustache is a specialist in Neurofeedback Therapy, with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Eustache helps her patients reach their full potential so they can live the life they’ve always dreamed. For more information, please visit www.EustacheInstitute.com. You can also find Dr. Elena Eustache on Instagram and Facebook.