A migraine is a headache of varying intensity, often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine headaches are sometimes preceded by warning symptoms. Triggers include hormonal changes, certain foods and drinks, stress, and exercise.
There are a variety of other kinds of headaches, from common tension headache to cluster headache (often called suicide headaches due to how painful and long-lasting they can be).
How does Neurofeedback therapy help?
The QEEG can target where in the brain the headache is initiated. The QEEG can also help us localize the source if it is the neck or the spinal alignment.
From that assessment, a training protocol can be created to help the client’s brain learn to let go of the painful pattern.
For acute headache, tDCS can stop the pain in as little as 20 minutes of treatment.
Meet Mary Lou
Mary Lou had suffered from Migraine headaches for years. Often, she would get two to three of these debilitating events in a week. The QEEG revealed that she had seizure-like brain waves in her left temporal lobe. Her migraines were a seizure-like event that was triggered in the theta frequency of brain waves.
We stabilized the temporal lobes with entrainment of the sensorimotor rhythm. We used Neurofeedback to help her brain learn to make more of this stabilizing frequency. Additionally, we used Neurofeedback to teach her to reduce the number of theta waves. If she had an acute headache, we were able to use the tDCS and knock out the pain in about 30 minutes. After 25 sessions, she rarely had a headache and was consistently more grounded in her life.
Greg was sitting in our waiting room while his son was being treated for ADD. He looked white-faced and grim. I asked if he was OK and he said he was on the third day of a pounding headache. We used the tDCS with him for 25 minutes and he left our office pain free. We heard from him the next week that the headache had not come back.