If medical intervention has not helped your migraine headaches or you would like to discontinue or avoid using medication, neurofeedback could be your answer.
Migraines are very common and reported to be the third most prevalent illness in the world. If you have suffered with a migraine or experience them often then you know that they can be terribly painful and often debilitating.
Typically, a migraine starts with a trigger and the brain produces an enormous over reaction to it. Neurons misfire and your brain’s electrical system, in a way, starts to short out. The blood flow in the brain changes suddenly and causes pain. Some of our clients call it ‘the freight train effect’. They feel the migraine coming on, anxiety mounts as the “here we go again” feeling appears, and the symptoms roll in like a freight train – no stopping it.
Brain Map guided Neurofeedback can help retrain the brain to create new neuro pathways, changing the brain’s response to triggers. Neurofeedback can result in a calmer, healthier brain that may provide for fewer symptoms and flare-ups.
There is research supporting the use of neurofeedback for treating migraine headaches. In a 2011 study by Jonathan E. Walker, 71 participants with recurrent migraine headaches completed qEEG brain maps. Of the 71 participants, 46 chose neurofeedback training while 25 continued drug therapy. At the end of the program, 54% of the neurofeedback group reported an elimination of migraine symptoms and 39% experienced a significant reduction (over 50% reduction in symptoms). Of the 25 participants who continued drug therapies, 68% experienced no changes in their symptoms.
Neurofeedback is not necessarily meant to be used to stop a migraine, but in can be preemptive – retraining brain wave patterns to help stop the freight train before it gets out of control.
Neurofeedback is drug-free and works by creating new neuro pathways, retraining the brain to better respond to specific triggers and stressors including migraines. These new pathways help improve brain function and result in fewer symptoms and neurological imbalances. See how neurofeedback works.
Neurofeedback training is very helpful for reducing both the frequency and the intensity of migraines. By balancing the brain so it operates better, headaches go away, occur less frequently, or are less intense. Additional benefits from neurofeedback include the following: better sleep, reduction in anxiety and/or depression, happier moods, sharper thinking, etc
Migraines can be complex. In addition to using neurofeedback, we also help patients explore other factors that may contribute to migraines. For many migraine sufferers, hidden food ingredients may trigger migraines. We recommend that our clients receive food sensitivity testing and nutritional consultation. Migraines may also be precipitated by trauma. If you have a history of head trauma, consider receiving a cranial assessment by a D.O or cranial practitioner. Dental issues can also be involved with migraine headaches, especially TMJ dysfunction. Having a dental assessment by a dentist who is trained in evaluating structural imbalances in the mouth and jaw may also be warranted.
We find that this combination approach can be highly effective.
Neurofeedback can help! Take 30 minutes for a neurofeedback session at the Brainwave Center and get rid of those migraines today.
According to the Migraine Research Foundation approximately 37 million men, women and children in the United States. Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. households includes someone with migraine. Amazingly, 12% of the population – including children – suffers from migraine. 18% of American women, 6% of men, and 10% of children experience migraines. Migraine is most common between the ages of 18 and 44.
How Can You Prevent Migraines?
Trying to prevent a migraine revolves around avoiding the triggers you have identified. Here are some lifestyle changes that may reduce migraine frequency: