Transcranial direct current stimulation(tDCS) is a non-invasive treatment
that reduces neural activity. Recently, a clinical research study using
a randomized, double-blind trial of tDCS on
spinal cord patients found that it significantly reduced neuropathic pain for up to 12 weeks
Although tDCS significantly reduced pain on its own, when combined with
visual illusion-another therapy in which patients are placed in front
of videos and mirrors to create an illusion of walking-patients showed
the most significantly reduced neuropathic pain. Both tDCS and visual
illusion are well-tolerated with minimal side effects, and should be considered
as an alternative to other pain reducing therapies.
Soler MD, Kumru H, Pelayo R, et al. Effectiveness of transcranial direct
current stimulation and visual illusion on neuropathic pain in spinal
Brain. (September 2010).