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Papers: 22 Oct 2022 - 28 Oct 2022

Human Studies

2022 Oct 19


High-Definition Transcranial Infraslow Pink-Noise Stimulation Can Influence Functional and Effective Cortical Connectivity in Individuals With Chronic Low Back Pain: A Pilot Randomized Placebo-Controlled Study.


Pain can be regarded as an emergent property of multiple interacting, dynamically changing brain networks and thus needs a targeted treatment approach. A novel high-definition transcranial infraslow pink-noise stimulation (HD-tIPNS) technique was developed to modulate the key hubs of the three main nociceptive pathways simultaneously, ie, the pregenual anterior cingulate cortex (pgACC) (descending inhibitory pathway), the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC) (medial nociceptive pathway), and both somatosensory cortices (S1) (lateral nociceptive pathway). This study aimed to evaluate safety and verify whether a single session of HD-tIPNS may disrupt functional and effective connectivity between targeted cortical regions.