The main treatment options for Fibromyalgia are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and medication, such as antidepressants (SSRI’s) often used for treating depression, anxiety disorders, and some personality disorders. For some these options bring relief, for others there is minimal or no improvement in symptoms at all. Recent studies have shown that Neurofeedback has a strong impact on pain symptoms. By working directly with the nervous system, good results can be achieved.

An important aspect of Neurofeedback training is stabilisation, which can decrease headaches and abdominal pain. Other training options are improving body and pain awareness, decreasing muscle tension and chronic nerve pain and calming emotional reactions to pain. For those who are overly sensitive to aches and pain, normalising their pain threshold could be a training option as well.

In 2010 the results of a randomised, controlled, rater blind clinical trial was published that concluded Neurofeedback was an effective treatment for pain, psychological symptoms and impaired quality of life associated with Fibromyalgia.

The full study reference is: Kayiran, al, Neurofeedback intervention in fibromyalgia syndrome; a randomized, controlled, rater blind clinical trial,  Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. 35.4. p.293-302.


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