Electroencephalographic neurofeedback for the treatment of chronic pain

Takeaway

  • A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) for the analgesic effects of electroencephalographic (EEG) neurofeedback on chronic pain showed that it may result in clinically meaningful improvements in pain intensity.

Why this matters

  • EEG neurofeedback aims to regulate abnormal EEG frequencies that may be responsible for the ongoing experience of pain.

  • Current treatment options for chronic pain are limited. Promising evidence highlighted by this study may encourage larger RCTs investigating EEG neurofeedback for this debilitating condition.