Category Archives: Chronic Pain

CES effective in treating pain related stress

Several scientific studies have shown that CES, in treating pain related stress, has been effective in treating many different types of pain. In 1989, 23 chronic pain patients who had experienced intractable pain for more than 18 months were treated with CES for 20 minutes a day for two weeks. It was found that initially their serotonin and norepinephrine levels were significantly lower than those of normal controls, and that these were elevated significantly following CES treatment. That change was accompanied by a significant improvement in subjective pain response in 44% of the patients, with no other treatment than CES.

There have been several other studies in which CES was used successfully to treat headaches from tension headache to migraines. In migraine headaches, it was found that in the weeks following CES treatment, the patients suffered fewer migraine episodes, and when these did occur, the pain was much less intense than previously. Tension headaches responded readily to CES treatment.

World events can increase the level of pain in chronic pain patients

More dramatically, following the terrorists’ bombing of New York skyscrapers and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., it was found that the level of pain in chronic pain patients being treated in three widely dispersed sites in the U.S. increased 17% in male patients and 47% in female patients when the bombing occurred between pain clinic visits. Subsequent visits to the same pain clinics showed that there was a lag in pain response to treatment following that stressful event, with men improving only 3% on subsequent treatment visits and women still suffering 34% more pain on subsequent treatment visits than they did prior to the stressful event. (The authors noted that females are known to respond more dramatically to stress related pain, such as in the post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), than do males.)