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.
A 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.
Migraines are the most debilitating form of common headache that people seek medical attention for. Medication and counseling to relieve stress and mitigate other triggers are often prescribed to deal with migraines. When these things don’t work or work only partially, patients are increasingly turning to neurofeedback.
Neurofeedback can be very effective in reducing the intensity and frequency of migraines, as well as the fact that it comes without the common side effects of migraine medication. In addition to treating migraines over time, neurofeedback has been known to stop a migraine headache while it is happening.
In a clinical study on migraines and neurofeedback, 37 migraine patients (who were also on medication for migraines) received neurofeedback sessions over a period of weeks. Of the 37 migraine patients treated, 26 patients or 70% experienced at least a 50% reduction in the frequency of their headaches. With medications alone, only 50% patients typically experience a 50% reduction in the frequency and severity of their headaches.
In another migraine neurofeedback study, the majority of subjects experienced complete cessation of their migraines, and many others (39%) experienced a reduction in migraine frequency of greater than 50%.
With neurofeedback treatment for migraines, patients also often experience a reduction in other non-related symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, depression, and focus issues. Not bad for a side effects profile!
If you are experiencing migraine headaches and would like to find an effective solution with only positive side effects, neurofeedback treatment may be for you. If you are in the Fort Collins or Northern Colorado area, contact us at Synergy Neurofeedback to set up an EEG brain scan and get started with neurofeedback training.