Migraine is an extraordinarily prevalent neurological disease, affecting 39 million men, women and children in the U.S. and 1 billion worldwide.
Migraines can be triggered by many things, but unfortunately respond to few treatments.
Most of the treatments include pain-relievers, cardiovascular medications, antidepressants, and anti-seizure drugs that have significant side-effects, can impair the ability to work or drive, and only offer temporary relief.
Utilizing QEEG brain maps, it is possible to gain understanding of the underlying brain dysregulation that may contribute to migraines. Neurofeedback utilizes the information learned from the QEEG as a drug free way to regulate that unhelpful brain activity and reduce the frequency and severity of migraines.
Neurofeedback has proven to reduce severity and frequency of migraines
Stress is often a big trigger for migraine sufferers. In fact, people who feel they have little control over their lives are more likely to get migraines. Neurofeedback is showing a promising way to relieve stress reactivity which can result in migraine pain. Neurofeedback helps the brain function with more stability.
Since most clients with chronic headaches will show an imbalance in their qEEG, a brain map will be collected, and the protocol for neurofeedback will be established based on the findings
I had struggled with migraines since I was 13. In my 30s, they seemed to be getting much worse; and I needed medications 2-3x per week. I knew my triggers: stress, fatigue, anxiety, but as a working mom with toddlers, there was nothing I could do. Occasionally, I was completely debilitated by my headaches and had to have someone take care of my children. My sister had been successful with neurofeedback for her migraines, so I did a little research. Seems that up to 80% of people see a significant reduction in migraines with neurofeedback, and only 16% failed to improve. Lucky for me, I was not part of that 16% I now get headaches 1-2 x per month, but rarely are they migraines. My anxiety greatly decreased, and my sleep improved-- all of these things were so beneficial. If you suffer from migraines, give neurofeedback a try!
If you have migraines, you understand how debilitating they can be. I have missed events with family and friends, had to leave indoor sporting events because of the noise, and covered my head with a blanket to get out of the light. I have had to go to the emergency room because the pain can be intolerable. When I heard about neurofeedback, of course I was skeptical. I was desperate however, and the headache medications did not work well and had a lot of side effects. I was ready to quit after 5 sessions, but decided to trust the process. It took about 8 sessions for me to notice a decrease in the intensity of my headaches, and after 25 sessions they are all but gone. I still get a headache here and there, but the difference is unbelievable. Thanks to The Colorado Center for Neurofeedback for giving me so many pain free days!