Live Your Life to the Full Without Migraines
People suffering from migraines usually see results from neurofeedback in the first or second session. The brain learns to become more stable reducing both the frequency and intensity of migraines.
In the majority of cases, migraines do not return but for some they will continue to recur albeit at a lower intensity and/or frequency. Neurofeedback teaches the brain to be more stable and less reactive to the various stimuli that trigger migraines. Imagine living a life without pain and being able to do all the things you once avoided out of fear of inducing a migraine.
There are several possible approaches to treating migraines with Neurofeedback. It is not a 'one-size-fits-all' approach and it may take a few sessions to determine which method is most effective for you. The first step is a thorough assessment of your symptoms and overall physical health. Next we discuss your goals, the options for training and the modality of Neurofeedback that would likely be most suitable for your particular case. Following the initial assessment we begin brain training.
nIR HEG (near Infra Red Hematoencephalography) has provided the most immediate relief for the majority of clients so far. This involves placing a headband around the forehead, a small light measures the level of blood flow and changes in oxygenation in the prefrontal cortex. These changes are fed back to the client via visual content on a video screen. The client learns to control the visual feedback using the prefrontal cortex which increases blood flow to the area we are treating.
Previously it was believed that blood flow and changes to blood vessels were the cause of migraines. Recent research now suggests that though blood flow and blood vessel narrowing do not initiate a migraine, they may contribute to it. It is more likely that hormones and chemical compounds such as Serotonin and Estrogen cause an decrease in pain tolerance. By learning to control blood flow in the prefrontal cortex clients can learn to control one of the contributing factors to their experience of pain during a migraine.
Other forms of Neurofeedback can be just as effective but rather than learning to control blood flow to a specific region of the brain the client learns to maintain an optimal brain state. The brain can learn to function at an optimal level which translates to a higher tolerance to pain and a brain that is less easily triggered by shifts in hormones, chemical compounds and blood flow.