Migraines

Migraine headache is a debilitating illness. No amount of data on the number of migraine sufferers or days lost at work can really convey the degree to which migraine disrupts your life. The problem is pain, blinding, disabling pain that can last for days leaving you weak, physically washed out and mentally dull. To make the misery worse, migraine affects the parasympathetic nervous system causing nausea, vomiting, chills and sensitivity to light and sound. All you can manage is to crawl into a quiet dark place and endure.

Treatment for migraine usually focuses on medication as the central part of the treatment equation, and medication does provide important relief for many people. Still it may not be the best or only answer for some individuals. This would include individuals who:

  • Are not getting sufficient relief from medication alone;
  • Those who are having serious side effects from the medication; and
  • Those who prefer non drug or alternative approaches.

Neurofeedback is a non-drug therapy that focuses on stabilizing hyper-excitability in the brain. Research is showing a tendency for the migraine-prone brain to be hyper-responsive to certain triggers such as foods, chemicals, lights or sounds. This instability seems to be the product of certain electrical anomalies in the brain that predispose the brain to migraine. Instabilities in the electrical functioning of the brain is the target of Neurofeedback training. With training, the brain calms and thresholds for excitability increase such that migraine frequency and intensity are reduced or eliminated completely.

A recent study (Stokes and Lappin) has shown that neurofeedback in combination with training blood flow up in the front of the head (referred to as HEG) resulted in a 70% reduction in migraine compared to a 50% reduction in migraine from medication alone. Neurofeedback is also associated with decreases in anxiety, depression, and improved sleep, each of which has been linked to migraine.

If you or some one you love is still suffering from migraine pain, we invite you to explore neurofeedback as an effective, side-effect free therapy which can work alone or in conjunction with traditional medication regimens. Contact us for a free consultation.