Migraine and Neurofeedback - Complementary Therapy

Nancy Harris Bonk Health Guide
  • Migraineurs often look for every avenue they can to find relief. Some regimes include lifestyle and dietary changes combined with Western and Eastern medicine. Trigger identification and management may play a large role in Migraine prevention for some. Others use complementary therapies such as acupuncture, massage, aromatherpy and biofeedback.

     

    Neurofeedback is a non-invasive complementary therapy Migraineurs may consider adding to their tool box. Neurofeedback or EEG biofeed, locates certain brainwave frequencies to reduce symptoms. This is done by placing sensors on the scalp and projecting brainwaves on a computer screen, almost like a video game. Patients are taught to "play" the video game using their mind, training your mind so to speak. They can actually see the targeted brainwave shift frequencies to reduce their symptoms.

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    This April, at Neurofeedback Consultants in Alexandria, Virginia, Deborah Stokes, Ph.D., completed a study of 37 Migraineurs using EEG therapy. She found 26 of 37 Migraineurs had a 50% reduction in frequency of their Migraines. Neurofeedback is also used to treat symptoms of depression, insomnia, anxiety and Attention deficit-disorder.

     

    Ten years ago I tried EEG and thermal biofeedback combined. While this therapy worked wonders to help reduce daily stressors, relax muscles and give me a general feeling of well being, it did not reduce my daily chronic head pain. Have any of you tried this therapy? How did you make out? Do let me know.

       

     

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    Press Release: "Migraines Dramatically Reduced Via Non-Drug Therapy Called Neurofeedback." Neurofedback Consultants, Inc. Alexandria, Virginia. April 21, 2008.

     

    Website. Neurofeedback Consultants Inc.

     

Published On: April 30, 2008