Migraines are a pain in the…head. Sufferers, 37 million in the U.S. alone, often lose their ability to function in the everyday world, relegating them to lying in darkened rooms waiting for the excruciating waves of throbbing to cease. It’s hard to live this way! While there are a number of prescription medications available now to reduce the pain, each carries a dire warning of potential side effects that can be worse than the migraines. Almost.
Claire (not her real name) suffered from migraines for years. At first, the symptoms were annoying but not debilitating. Over time, her migraines caused her to withdraw from her life several days per month. Her doctor prescribed medication after medication, but nothing worked. Her personal life suffered. Her work life suffered. She fell into a depression frightened that this would be her life for the rest of her days. At 38, this was a dim prospect. It was at this lowest point that she came to Saint Louis Neurotherapy Institute to investigate the neurofeedback solution.
Neurofeedback is the more advanced form of biofeedback discovered in the 1940s, and works at a deeper level than biofeedback. The easiest way to think about neurofeedback is that it retrains the brain to work differently. For migraine sufferers, neurofeedback offers a non-invasive, drug-free and side effect-free alternative to addressing these unrelenting headaches.
Clinical work by Walker, Stokes, Lappin and others has demonstrated the efficacy of brain retraining to reduce or eliminate recurring migraine headaches, as well as other brain-related issues. The Walker study, which used a classic test/control research model, found that 93 percent of neurofeedback treated migraine sufferers found substantial relief. Of those, 54 percent experienced a complete cessation of their migraines and the remainder experienced a greater than 50 percent reduction in migraine frequency. A majority of the control group, which used traditional drug therapy, experienced no change in migraine frequency (68%) and only 8 percent experienced a reduction in migraine frequency greater than 50 percent.
A study by Stokes and Lappin, designed to determine the effects of combined neurofeedback treatments, found a majority (70%) of test subjects experienced a reduction in migraine frequency of at least 50 percent. It was also determined that the positive effects from neurofeedback on migraine sufferers last an average of 14.5 months after all treatments have stopped. There is no question that neurofeedback can have a significant, positive impact on the lives of migraine sufferers.
Claire learned this firsthand. Her migraines began to ease as she moved through her neurofeedback treatment plan. She began to participate in her life fully again, no longer having to retreat to a darkened room just to make it through the day. Follow-up visits have confirmed that her migraines are a thing of the past and that any headaches she now gets are of the everyday variety that are easily treatable.
Contact us to explore the use of neurofeedback for your migraines. You have everything to gain including a permanent solution to that pain in your head.
St. Louis Neurotherapy
11710 Old Ballas Road, Suite 205
Creve Coeur, MO 63141