Could the gain for chronic pain involve stimulating your brain?
We have been sticking electrodes onto and into people in pain for some time. Considering that the only 100% guaranteed method to relieve pain is to stop your brain working – although this is associated with a substantial risk and side effect profile – it is no surprise that recent attention in neurostimulation has turned toward methods of stimulating your brain as a way to change chronic pain. We are very fortunate to have here in Adelaide, one of the planet’s key researchers in the field of non-invasive brain stimulation – Associate Professor Mike Ridding. Mike’s research at Adelaide University and University of London Institute of Neurology, has been supported by continuous UK and Australian research funding. He has written a hundred papers on this stuff and he really does know what he is talking about. Luckily for us, Mike spoke at PainAdelaide 2014 and if you there you got the latest scoop on what is what in TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) and TDCS (transcranial direct current stimulation) in chronic pain and neuroplasticity.