Headaches are among the most common health complaints today. Over 45 million Americans annually complain of recurring headaches – 16 to 18 million of which are migraines. The most common type headaches are tension headaches. The second most common are migraines, which can be very debilitating, and are also recurring.
Many things can trigger migraines including hormonal changes and imbalances, allergies, injury, temperature and weather changes, tension and stress. Migraine sufferers often have multiple triggers, so finding effective treatment can be challenging.
People who suffer from migraines often display brainwave over-activity in key areas because the sympathetic nervous system is in a state of high stress. Neurofeedback enables migraine sufferers to counteract the imbalance of brainwaves and teaches the brain to function in a more regulated and relaxed way. As the brain calms, the nervous system is better able to access the calmer, parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). As the PNS – our rest and digest system – migraines and headaches and a variety of other symptoms are greatly reduced or eliminated
Research on Neurofeedback / Biofeedback and Migraines
Self-regulation of Slow Cortical Potentials in Children with Migraine: An Exploratory Study [abs.]
Neurofeedback and biofeedback with 37 migraineurs: a clinical outcome study [pdf]
A Retrospective, Follow-up Study of Biofeedback-Assisted Relaxation Therapy in Patients with Post-Traumatic Headache [abs.]
Research on HEG and Migraine
Carmen, J. (2004). Passive Infrared Hemoencephalography: Four years and 100 Migraines. Journal of Neurotherapy, 8(3), 23-51.