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The Latest Advances in the Field of Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback, an alternative therapy that involves measuring and then stimulating brain waves until they reach a specific frequency, is a rapidly evolving field. Every month new developments are coming to light, as neurofeedback moves closer to the mainstream. Through research studies and clinical reviews, we are seeing more scientific proof that neurofeedback is effective in treating many different brain- based disorders.

How Does Neurofeedback Work?

qEEG brain scanNeurofeedback starts with a brain map. Using a qEEG, a  neuroimaging technique also known as quantitative electroencephalogram, a neurofeedback specialist compares the frequencies of different areas of a patient’s brain with the known normal ranges. Then a treatment protocol is created designed to raise or lower the aberrant frequencies to within normal ranges.

Treatment is then administered, in the specialist’s office or at home. This involves an electronic interface consisting of a qEEG headband to measure the trained frequencies in real time, and a feedback device, usually a tablet. The patient plays a special type of video game, controlled only by brain activity!

Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Migraine Headaches

Headaches can be caused by a myriad of factors, thus making it’s treatment difficult, until causation can be accurately determined. According to Web MD,  there are 150 different types of headaches. The most common ones are tension headaches, migraine headaches, cluster headaches, sinus headaches, and hormone headaches. Common causative factors include illness, stress, diet and environment.

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, affecting a broad spectrum of the population, and can often be resolved by removing the causative stimulus and/or taking ibuporofen or some other anti-inflammatory medication. These type of headaches often don’t necessitate the sufferer seeking medical attention.

migraine headache is an intensely painful headache that affects some 29 million Americans. Doctors don’t know exactly what causes migraines, although it is known that some type of trigger occurs and subsequently creates inflammation in the cerebral blood vessels. They can last from a few hours to up to several days and also tend to be recurring over time. Sensitivity to light and nausea are common accompanying symptoms. In addition to illness, stress and diet, other possible triggers include pollution, noise, lighting, and weather changes. 90% of migraine headaches run in families, so there is often an epigentic or genetic factor at work as well.