11 Apr 2019

Migraine Headaches and Neurofeedback

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From Healing Young Brains by Robert Hill, Ph.D. and Eduardo Castro, M.D.

“To simplify the problem, migraines are due to the dilatation of the scalp arteries, in other words, there is too much blood in the scalp arteries.  This type of headache usually starts with vasoconstriction ( a narrowing of arteries that reduces the blood flow).  Then there is a rebound effect in which the scalp arteries overdilate, putting too much blood into the area.  Most patients describe the pain as nearly unbearable.  The traditional view of migraines is that they are vascular; however, some experts feel that migraines are neurological rather than vascular.  Migraines exhibit brainwave patterns associated with the brainwaves seen in seizure-type patterns.  For this reason, some brain scientists characterize migraines as a slow form of seizures.  There have been cases in our clinics in which the migraine was so severe it was accompanied by nausea and vomiting.  There is almost always sensitivity to light and sound.  Most of the children we see for migraines are ten years of age or older.

Migraines are characterized by hyperexcitability of the central nervous system, and since the nervous system responds to biofeedback in general, brainwave biofeedback is successful in treating this type of headache.  The studies that have been done, as well as clinical reports, indicate that approximately 70 percent of the people treated with neurofeedback experience at least a 50 percent reduction in the frequency of their migraines.  In our clinics, we usually use brainwave training for migraines in concert with dietary suggestions, hand warming, and stress management strategies.”

We find that neurofeedback helps optimize the lives of migraine people by reducing and often eliminating the cause of the headaches.

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