Neurofeedback can treat many different maladies, but perhaps none is so prevalent or agonizing as chronic migraines. If you frequently suffer from migraines or know someone who does, you know how deeply it can affect one’s life. A migraine isn’t just a headache. It is a crisis that can control your life, and lead to additional, frightening symptoms as varied as light and sound sensitivities, to hives.
While headaches are temporary and easily treatable, a migraine is a different beast altogether. Since migraines are neurological disorders, they don’t surrender so easily to a barrage of water, rest, and Tylenol. In fact, these debilitating episodes are sometimes genetic. For situations like these, the brain literally needs to retrain so as to not allow migraines. This is where neurofeedback comes in.
The brain is not technically a muscle but in some ways acts like one. Just like you can train your arms, legs, and back to become stronger and more capable, you can also literally “change your mind.” We form and break habits, learn new skills, and memorize based purely on cognitive practices.
Neurofeedback is a safe, external method to retrain the brain to overcome electrical irregularities and start performing functions properly. Through the use of audio and images, the person can exercise their brain to overcome a number of maladies, including migraines. Neurofeedback is a gradual learning process that takes time. But there are multiple testimonies on its efficacy. Learn more about this brain exercise from our earlier blog post.
Migraines are just one of the neurological disorders that neurofeedback regulates, but it is one of the more common. An estimated 13% of adults in the U.S. experience migraines, at least 2 million of which cases are chronic. Methods to relieve symptoms run the gamut of medical alleviation. Prescription, OTC, and natural remedies are all fine enough to alleviate symptoms.
But wouldn’t it be better to eliminate migraines altogether?
Here at Allied Health in Idaho Falls, we understand the relationship between your body’s nervous system and your overall health. That is why we take such a firm and active stance behind neurofeedback.
Neurofeedback monitors electrical impulses in the brain known as brainwaves. Different types of brainwaves occur during various functions of the body. For example, alpha waves occur during relaxation and beta waves during excitement or busy activity. When one of these or other waves are not firing correctly or at all, that is where neurological disorders such as migraines occur. An effective session of neurotherapy makes great strides toward correcting this abnormal behavior.
A migraine is a similar disorder that results from changes in the brain. One exact cause of migraines is unknown, but these changes can certainly occur from disturbed brainwaves. Therefore, it is a very suitable target for neurofeedback.
Freelance science journalist Sam Barclay recently featured in a Business Insider article for her experiences with neurofeedback to treat her migraines. A year and a half of traditional methods failed to alleviate her pain. With neurofeedback, she reported that her migraines became far more manageable.
As we stated before, migraines can be hereditary. The actual changes in the brain may be passed down, or even individual triggers for migraines. In a tradition of migraine activity, it can be easy to surrender to inevitability. But your migraine doesn’t have to be yours anymore. If it runs in your family, you can disown it.
Ask Dr. Aaron Nelson here at Allied Health Care about receiving neurofeedback therapy. He has treated a wide array of patients with different issues using this technique, and the results are positive across the board.
An effective series of neurofeedback sessions depends largely on the part of both the patient and the professional. Dr. Nelson has received the finest training, and if you are committed to letting this amazing science put your migraine to rest, it can do wonders for you.
Contact Allied Health Care in Idaho Falls to set up a consultation at (208) 522-8300.