We are a research center which provides innovative and effective treatments to individuals (age 21-65) with chronic low back pain (cLBP).
For more information check out our website: http://snapl.stanford.edu/backpainstudy/
Please note, we recently changed our Center name so this has not yet been reflected on our webpage. We would like to incorporate your new logo on our website and all of our promotional materials!
Our Center for Back Pain is offering 4 different types mind/body therapies for the treatment of chronic low back pain. Our center uses neuroimaging (fMRI) to understand how and why these therapies work and better understand how pain is processed in the brain.
1) Real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (rt-fMRI): Real-time fMRI is a novel treatment in which we teach you how to change your mental processing of pain while receiving feedback about your brain activity. Similar to biofeedback where participants train to change heart rate or respiration with help from a visual aid (e.g. heart rate or respiration monitor), neurofeedback involves using fMRI to provide the participant with feedback about his/her brain activity in real time.
2) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is a well established therapy for the treatment of chronic pain. This therapy involves examining and working to change thoughts and behaviors that are known to increase pain, while establishing and strengthening coping mechanisms that decrease pain.
3) Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): MBSR is a meditation based therapy incorporating mindfulness meditation and movement. MBSR was standardized into medical practice in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli and is a well established treatment for chronic pain.
4)Acupuncture: This treatment originates from traditional Chinese medicine and has long been used for the treatment of pain. Acupuncture involves the stimulation of specific points along the skin of the body using thin needles.