Migraine headaches affect approximately 26 million people in the United States. This disorder causes incapacitating and disabling headaches, especially in women and can significantly impact upon one’s quality of life, both at work, school and socially. In addition to the physical symptoms there can also be cognitive impairments which include difficulties in thinking clearly, attention, concentration, memory, judgment, calculation and problem solving. These symptoms can then lead to frustration, impatience and irritability lasting for hours after the headache subsides. (Black et al, 1997/John Meyer et al 2000).
A study by Kropp et al (2002) showed that migraines can be controlled better with Neurofeedback and improvements can occur. After treatment with Neurofeedback the number of migraine days decreased significantly, and a number of other migraine parameters had decreased over time as well as in comparison with a group who had not been treated with Neurofeedback. Neurofeedback does not work for a minority of those with Migraines and it is not clear why not.
At our Clinic we treat Migraines and Tension Headaches with a variety of approaches, depending upon the presenting symptoms and the physical findings from the Physician in charge of the treatment protocol. Biofeedback in the form of Thermal therapy using PIR HEG is an especially valuable tool used in conjunction with the Neurofeedback program. In addition, since Anxiety and other co-morbid conditions often exist with Migraine and Tension Headaches, we also utilize Galvanic Stimulation and Heart Rate Variability among other interventions to better treat this condition in a more holistic manner. You can learn more about all of these treatment methods in the Related Therapy section of this website. We see children as well as adults and have had good success with our treatment orientation. Migraines are not a simple condition to treat but improvements have consistently occurred with our treatment methods and in many instances medications have been reduced in number as well as dosage under the direct supervision of the primary physician.
We had our son who is two evaluated because of behavior issues that were not age appropriate and were causing such damage to our family life. We heard this term “Sensory Integration” and couldn’t believe what we were being told. As a family we decided to explore this type of therapy and figured what could it hurt. We was so unhappy and angry, we were willing to try anything except medication! In three months we have been amazed at the transformation in our son, he is happy, calm, plays independently and socially he plays so well with other children. It has brought us together as a family, the blame of “you’re a stay at home mom, why is his behavior so bad” has stopped. We know how to help him when he needs it. Our time here has changed our life on the most positive ways.
- Gavin - Son, 3 y/o