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Neurofeedback for Migraines and Headaches

How Brain Training Mitigates Migraine Symptoms

Read Dr. Sue Brown, Neuroscientist and NeurOptimal® Co-Founder own story how the advanced NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback system unexpectantly helped her get less migraines.

"Because my specialty was Behavioral Medicine, as a Clinical Psychologist, I had the opportunity to utilize various technologies that could help with migraines, such as biofeedback. I was extremely well trained in relaxation procedures as well as a variety of coping strategies. And I used this knowledge professionally for years, running various stress management programs and groups for migrainers. The technologies allowed us to cope more effectively with the pain or disability one had, but did not necessarily impact directly on the disorder itself. So I could teach people how to take their medication they needed to get maximal effect, rather than taking a lot more with minimal impact. We would see people using less medication and managing their head pain more effectively. But they still had migraines, and still had to cope."

Dr. Brown had used three other neurofeedback systems, none of them had been helpful for her migraines. Traditional neurofeedback systems are protocol based and push the brain in a trainer chosen direction or directions, and can be side effect prone. Unfortunately, one of the side effects can be headaches. 

LEARN MORE: NeurOptimal® vs. other neurofeedback systems

 

Dr. Brown’s experiences with traditional neurofeedback (protocol based neurofeedback systems), were part of what led her to develop NeurOptimal®, along with co-founder Dr. Valdeanne Brown. NeurOptimal® is not protocol driven. Rather, it gives the brain the opportunity to see what it is doing, moment to moment during sessions, learn from what it sees, and use that learning to re-normalize itself. The brain changes itself in the order and pace of change that are right for the individual. That makes it virtually side-effect free.

LEARN MORE: How does neurofeedback training work?

Over time, her own migraines became more and more infrequent, less intense and lasted shorter. At one point she realized she had not refilled her migraine prescription for a year and a half.

NeurOptimal neurofeedback works directly with the central nervous system and can help with far more than migraines. As Dr. Brown says, “Migrainer or not, if someone comes to me for brain training, I feel pretty comfortable saying I would expect to see a reduction in the frequency, intensity and duration of whatever it is they want help with.” 

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Read: Dr. Valdeane Brown: Neurofeedback Technology

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Dr. Valdeane Brown, Founder of NeurOptimal, explains why NeurOptimal brain trainer is the most powerful and affordable neurofeedback technology available. Learn about the EEG technology and how it transforms your brain, upgrades athletic performance, and even helps with migraines, PTSD, and abusive relationships. Read more >

Watch: Video from ABC News

ABC News"Studies have shown that [neurofeedback training] is extremely effective, some doctors says 85-90% of their patients with chronic headaches responds positely to neurofeedback. One local woman  says it has pratically cured her migraines." 

 

READ: REWIRING YOUR BRAIN: NEUROFEEDBACK GOES MAINSTREAM

newsweek.com / BY ON 5/9/16

"Neurofeedback uses real-time displays of brain activity to teach the brain to self-regulate - a technique neurologists have wielded since the 1960s. ..This is one of mental health’s best-kept secrets,” Longo adds. “The pharmaceutical companies don’t like us because it gets people off of drugs. But there’s a growing amount of literature and research, and in the next five or 10 years you’re going to see a lot of support when we say we can treat things like traumatic brain injuries, anxiety, depression, ADHD, insomnia, migraine headaches and people who have had strokes.”.. Read full article here

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Neurofeedback and biofeedback with 37 migraineurs: a clinical outcome study

By Deborah A Stokes and Martha S Lappin - Read complete study here

Background

Traditional peripheral biofeedback has grade A evidence for effectively treating migraines. Two newer forms of neurobiofeedback, EEG biofeedback and hemoencephalography biofeedback were combined with thermal handwarming biofeedback to treat 37 migraineurs in a clinical outpatient setting.

Methods

37 migraine patients underwent an average of 40 neurofeedback sessions combined with thermal biofeedback in an outpatient biofeedback clinic. All patients were on at least one type of medication for migraine; preventive, abortive or rescue. Patients kept daily headache diaries a minimum of two weeks prior to treatment and throughout treatment showing symptom frequency, severity, duration and medications used. Treatments were conducted an average of three times weekly over an average span of 6 months. Headache diaries were examined after treatment and a formal interview was conducted. After an average of 14.5 months following treatment, a formal interview was conducted in order to ascertain duration of treatment effects.

Results

Of the 37 migraine patients treated, 26 patients or 70% experienced at least a 50% reduction in the frequency of their headaches which was sustained on average 14.5 months after treatments were discontinued.

Conclusions

All combined neuro and biofeedback interventions were effective in reducing the frequency of migraines with clients using medication resulting in a more favorable outcome (70% experiencing at least a 50% reduction in headaches) than just medications alone (50% experience a 50% reduction) and that the effect size of our study involving three different types of biofeedback for migraine (1.09) was more robust than effect size of combined studies on thermal biofeedback alone for migraine (.5). These non-invasive interventions may show promise for treating treatment-refractory migraine and for preventing the progression from episodic to chronic migraine.

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QEEG-Guided Neurofeedback for Recurrent Migraine Headaches

by Jonathan E. Walker. Download PDF

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