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Are you suffering from chronic pain?
Sooma Pain Therapy offers effective opioid-free pain relief for you. During the therapy, a low-strength current is delivered non-invasively and painlessly to your head. This stimulates your brain and helps it cope with the insistent pain signal associated with chronic pain. The therapy is repeated daily for twenty minutes to achieve pain relief. Patients have been shown to gain up to 58% pain relief in just two weeks of therapy1. Applying the therapy is easy and your physician may loan you the treatment device to use at home. You may continue with your regular activities right after completing the daily session.
Up to 58% pain relief persisting 2 months after the end of treatment2
59% reduction in post-surgery opioid use3
Please note that Sooma does not offer treatment services. You may access Sooma therapies through your physician. If your physician is unaware of this treatment option, you may suggest the treatment yourself or ask us to make contact with your physician.
What is Sooma Pain Therapy?
Sooma Pain Therapy offers safe and effective relief for chronic pain conditions such as Fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain. The therapy is consists of twenty-minute treatment sessions that are repeated once-a-day for two weeks. During a treatment session, a low-strength current is delivered non-invasively through the scalp to the brain. The treatment is painless and easy to administer, and can be self-administered at home while you conduct other activities. 90% of patients complete their treatment course successfully, even in cases when home-based treatment is not possible. The following video shows how a treatment session is started:
What does a Sooma Pain Therapy session involve?
Before starting the session, you should remove anything metallic from near the treatment site, such as jewelry, eye-glasses and metallic hairpins. You should also refrain from applying hairspray or hair gel until after you have completed your daily session.
During a treatment session, two electrodes are placed on your head. A single-use stimulation pad forms a soft surface between the electrodes and the scalp, and helps the electric current to pass through you hair. This means that you are not required to be bald or shave your head.
The electrodes are placed on your head using a head cap. The head cap positions the electrodes over the targeted brain regions and keeps the electrodes firmly in place during treatment. All that is required of you is to put on the head cap and make sure that:
- The middle-seam is in line with your nose
- The lower edge of the cap is above your eyebrows
The treatment device has a single control button which is used to start and pause the stimulation. Everything else, including ending the session, is automated for your convenience.
When the treatment begins, you may feel a small itching under the electrodes. This is completely harmless and the sensation will start to fade soon after the session is started. The treatment device is portable and moving around during the session is possible. This means that the stimulation can be done while you conduct other activities, such as reading, walking your dog, doing office work and so on. You may assume normal routines and activities right after completing the session.
While participating in Sooma Pain Therapy, you are asked to record your pain level and mood every day. This allows your physician to monitor your progress efficiently.
The records are collected using a mobile application. The application does not store personal details or confidential information. Only that which you choose to record is stored. Alternatively, you can choose to keep a written diary.
Does Sooma Pain Therapy have any side effects or restrictions?
Typical side effects you may experience include an itching sensation during the stimulation and a slight, transient headache. You may also experience some skin redness on the treatment site after the session. If you feel fatigued or alert after a session, you may adjust the time of your daily session.
You may not participate in Sooma Pain Therapy if you have metal implants inside your skull. If you have a pacemaker or acute eczema on the stimulation site this may also counteract the therapy. If you have had surgery in the head area you must wait for a minimum of 6 months before participating in Sooma Pain Therapy. The use of nicotine products and alcohol should be avoided during Sooma Pain Therapy.
Please note that Sooma does not offer treatment services. You may access Sooma therapies through your physician. If your physician is unaware of this treatment option, you may suggest the treatment yourself or ask us to contact your physician.
Recent clinical trials show significant pain relief especially in Fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain. The European Academy of Neurology (EAN) has published a weak recommendation to the technique in the treatment of chronic neuropathic pain in 20164. In the European evidence-based guideline, a recommendation is given also for the treatment of Fibromyalgia5.
Promising results have been also published for a variety of other chronic pain conditions. Contact us if you wish to know more about the treatment results for your pain condition.
- Zhu CE et al. Effiectiveness and safety of transcranial direct current stimulation in fibromyalgia: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Rehabil Med. 2017 Jan 19;49(1):2-9.
- Bikson M, et al. Safety of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation: Evidence Based Update 2016. Brain Stimul. 2016 Sep-Oct;9(5):641-61.
- Khedr EM, et al. Role of transcranial direct current stimulation on reduction of postsurgical opioid consumption and pain in total knee arthroplasty: Double randomized clinical trial. Eur J Pain. 2017 Sep;21(8):1355-1365.
- Cruccu G et al. EAN guidelines on central neurostimulation therapy in chronic pain conditions. Eur J Neurol. 2016 Oct;23(10):1489-99.
- Lefaucheur JP et al. Evidence-based guidelines on the therapeutic use of transcranial direct current stimulation(tDCS). Clin Neurophysiol. 2017 Jan;128(1):56-92.