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Editorial: neuromodulatory interventions for pain

Editorial: neuromodulatory interventions for pain

Thompson, Trevor ORCID: 0000-0001-9880-782X, Heathcote, Lauren C., Hobson, Hannah and Solmi, Marco (2021) Editorial: neuromodulatory interventions for pain. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 15:746328. ISSN 1662-453X (Print), 1662-4548 (Online) (doi:

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The opioid crisis has prompted a renewed interest in non-pharmacological interventions for pain, with recent promising evidence for their effectiveness (Pillai Riddell et al., 2015; Veehof et al., 2016; Thompson et al., 2017, 2019; Franco et al., 2018; Owen et al., 2020). So called neuromodulatory interventions, which include neurofeedback and electrical and magnetic brain stimulation, are a novel class of non-pharmacological treatments that have attracted both intrigue and controversy. Despite a growing research literature, there remains a sense of uncertainty over whether they represent realistic alternatives to pain medication.

The aim of this research topic was to stimulate new, much-needed research evaluating the effectiveness of such treatments and providing insights into their possible mechanisms. We present a collection of 11 articles focused primarily on neurofeedback, non-invasive brain stimulation and acupuncture that attempt to address some of these issues.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: neuromodulation, pain, neurofeedback, acupuncture, non-invasive brain stimulation, TMS, tDCS
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RV Botanic, Thomsonian, and eclectic medicine
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Chronic Illness and Ageing
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 13:51
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