Neurofeedback therapy in patients with acute and chronic pain syndromes--literature review and own experience

Przegl Lek. 2013;70(7):440-2.


Pain management is based mainly on pharmacotherapy which has many limitations. Non-pharmacological techniques, like neurofeedback (EEG-biofeedback) are alternative methods of pain treatment. Data from literature confirm high efficacy of neurofeedback in pain syndromes treatment, chronic and acute as well. Neurofeedback plays an important role in management of post stroke, post traumatic headaches and in primary headaches like tension type headaches or migraine. Literature review and own experience indicate importance of number and frequency of performed neurofeedback trainings on treatment effectiveness. Satisfactory results have already been observed after 30 trainings however usually 40-60 training have to be performed. Effectiveness of such therapy in pain syndromes is usually good or less often acceptable (50% reduction of headaches). Children with tension type headaches (differently than adults) need reminder therapy every 6-12 months, otherwise recurrence of headaches is observed. Based on our own experience neurofeedback therapy seems to play role in neuropathic pain and cancer pain management.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Chronic Pain / rehabilitation
  • Headache / etiology
  • Headache / rehabilitation
  • Humans
  • Neurofeedback / methods*
  • Pain / rehabilitation*
  • Secondary Prevention
  • Stroke / complications
  • Syndrome
  • Wounds and Injuries / complications