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Overview

The procedure of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) involves applying constant, low-amplitude current to a person’s scalp through electrodes attached over it, a small proportion of which enters the person’s skull and affects their brain’s cortical activity. It is typically applied by two electrodes, an anode and a cathode, with the direction of current travelling from the anode to the cathode. Anodal stimulation helps in increasing excitability of the cortical region whereas cathodal stimulation is applied to have the opposite effect.
tDCS helps in the treatment of various conditions such as improving the motor function in Parkinson’s disease, helping with mood elevation in depression, motor function recovery after a stroke, and decrease in epileptiform discharges in epilepsy. In addition, it has also been effective in reducing a person’s perception of their acute pain as well as in reducing pain for chronic pain conditions that are resistant to medical treatment (in the short term at least) such as pelvic pain, cancer pain, fibromyalgia, and spinal cord injury.
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How effective is Direct Cranial Stimulation for Chronic Pain?

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is effective in helping reduce the perception of acute pain as well as decrease pain in various chronic conditions that are resistant to medical treatment.

How many numbers of sessions are required?

The number of sessions required is variable for each individual and depends on the severity and type of condition as well as how responsive they are to treatment.

Is Direct Cranial Stimulation safe for Chronic Pain?

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is considered a generally safe and painless form of treatment. The side effects commonly experienced are mild in nature such as tingling on the scalp or a slight itching sensation.