INTRODUCTION: Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN) is a common and potentially side effect of many chemotherapy drugs. The mechanism by which chemotherapy damages nerves is not well understood and may vary depending upon the offending agent. It has been proposed that “chemotherapy may first damage sensory axons that, in turn, cause the destruction of other axons and myelin sheaths (Biedrzycki, 2010). The pharmacological management of CIPN includes anticonvulsants and antidepressant. However, not many successes have been recorded with the use of these medications.
OBJECTIVE: The main objective of this article is to ascertain the suitability of HRV Biofeedback and Neurofeedback treatment as alternative therapies for CIPN.
METHOD: Neurofeedback protocol was aimed at enhancing SMR at the sensorimotor cortex which corresponds with the legs using the Pinefield’s method. Precisely twenty sessions of HRV Biofeedback training was done with Heartmath. McGill’s Pain questionnaire was analysed to evaluate the effectiveness of HRV Biofeedback and neurofeedback training for this condition.
RESULTS: Following treatment client’s symptoms were found to have improved relative to pre-treatment on the pain qualities. Additional improvement was seen in his ability to partake in simple exercises and his walking pace.
CONCLUSION: HRV Biofeedback and Neurofeedback are effective alternative treatments for CIPN.
RECOMMENDATION: Further research is needed to determine the relative contribution of Neurofeedback and HRV training to Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy.