Migraines – Not Vascular
The traditional view of migraines is that they are vascular in origin; however, more recent research has proven that migraine headaches are neurological rather than vascular. In fact, medical studies have proven that migraines are the result of a hyperactive brain. It has been demonstrated that people with migraines exhibit brainwave patterns associated with brainwaves seen in seizure type patterns. For this reason, many migraine researchers characterize migraines as a slow form of seizure.
Migraines are characterized by hyperexcitability of the brain. Current research has proven that when the hyperexcitable brain is triggered by a stressor, a cascade of physiological events in the brain is initiated. This cascade of events results in a dilation of the arteries in the outer tissue covering the brain known as the dura matter. The dura matter is extremely pain sensitive and the dilation of the blood vessels in the dura matter results in the throbbing relentless pain of a migraine.
The typical treatment for migraines is a prescription drug approach. Still, studies have shown that even the most effective drugs work to alleviate symptoms about 50% of the time. Rather than mask the symptoms, neurofeedback addresses the cause of the migraine. A hyperexcitable brain means that the brain is over-producing fast brainwaves. In a hyperexcitable state, the brain is prone to migraines.
Triggers such as stress, hunger, and varuiys foods can push the brain into a cascade of events that result in a migraine. People suffering with migraines can usually predict when a migraine is approaching, often sensing the brain being pushed into that cascade. In fact, an effective preventative measure is to identify and eliminate the environmental triggers. The challenge with that approach is that triggers can be difficult to identify, and often when they can be identified, they can still be hard to avoid.
Slowing Down the Brainwaves
Through the natural migraine relief of Neurotherapy, the patient learns how to calm the brain down. The patient is taught how to produce the slower, less excitable brain waves at will. So the next time a patient feels a migraine coming on, the brain can engage this new ability and prevent the cascade of events that result in the migraine. In fact most patients that have been treated report that they sometimes can feel a migraine coming on but then it never happens.
Up to 90% of the patients treated with this therapy have reported a 50% or greater reduction in migraine frequency and a 75% reduction of migraine severity.
For Informational Purposes Only. Individual Treatment plans may vary.
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30-45 minutes – Initial Consultation:
We meet and discuss your concerns and we first determine if you are good candidate for our program. If so, we will suggest a tailored treatment plan specific to your case.
30-45 Minutes – qEEG and Treatment:
In the first session, we test brainwave patterns using a sophisticated EEG technology and establish a baseline. Imbalances are recorded and a specific course of training is reached.
12 Weeks – Training and Therapy:
Patients participate in training with our technicians using cutting-edge neurofeedback equipment, approximately 3 times per week. Our neurotherapy training sessions typically take about 40 minutes to conduct for best results, from set up to clean up.