Every pain is originally based on a pathological event, such as an injury, inflammation or something that presses on a nerve ending. Doctors usually try to find the cause of the pain and cure it. Often, however, this is not successful - the pain has "taken on a life of its own" - nerve cells pass on the pain, which does not originate from any pathological process or one that has long since subsided.
Whether the pain originates from the back, joints, head or internal organs - no human being can endure severe pain for a long time. Therefore, the body itself produces pain-relieving substances (e.g. endorphins). Pain medications mimic this effect; either they have an anti-inflammatory effect or they dull the experience of pain in the brain. However, these substances have side effects or they work for too short a time to really bring relief. Therefore, other concepts are used in pain therapy.
Chronic pain is pain that persists for more than three to six months or recurs frequently during this period and severely affects the quality of life of those affected. The repeated pain stimuli leave pain traces and a pain memory develops. Thus, sufferers perceive even the slightest pain stimuli or even touch as unpleasant.
In contrast to acute pain, chronic pain does not represent a meaningful alarm signal that is intended to indicate an injury or illness, for example, but is to be understood as an independent pain disorder that has no clearly identifiable cause.
How I can help
Pain therapy is one of my most important fields of activity. An exact anamnesis about the development and nature of the pain and all previous measures is helpful. A pain diary and records of medications already used can also be helpful. As little importance is attached to the problem of "chronic pain" by orthodox medicine, it is all the more important for me to offer clear assistance.
A special EMDR treatment procedure enables a large proportion of patients to no longer perceive pain as a psychological burden, nor to feel the pain intensity as strongly.
Chronic pain can also be treated with sLORETA neurofeedback.
Here, the electrical activities of the brain areas that process pain sensations are influenced. By influencing specific areas of the brain, pain memory and the negative affective components that accompany pain are also altered and, as a result, the pain tolerance of those affected is increased. This procedure leads to a reduction in the level of suffering. Many patients report a newfound quality of life that allows them to lead a normal life.
Specialty headache or migraine
If you suffer from headaches or migraines, I offer special headache coaching. Here, the focus is on stress reduction, behavioral changes, changes in diet, exercise, relaxation and possibly targeted medication (in consultation with a specialist). With this coaching, I can help you to significantly reduce migraine attacks and/or decrease their severity.