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Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) provides relief for painful diabetic neuropathy, trigeminal neuralgia, complex regional pain syndrome and multiple sclerosis. For the 60% of patients with neuropathic pain who do not respond to medical treatment, tDCS provides relief with no adverse side effects.
Painful neuropathy begins with increased activity of neurons in the pain pathway, progressively incapacitates the central pain inhibition mechanisms and reorganizes pathological sensory processing in the brain. As a result of these changes, pain is amplified and even innocuous sensory stimuli become excruciating.
tDCS delivers its therapeutic effects directly to the brain. It enhances the brain's ability to inhibit pain and returns structure and function to normal. As a result, improvement occurs.
Besides the physical pain, emotional components are also relieved by tDCS. Feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety, fear, and fatigue improve.
For chronic pain, the tDCS home-use program is not only more convenient and affordable, but it allows for longer protocols to be done, providing maximum benefit.