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.
Sophia receives OT 1x/week for Sensory Processing Disorder at C.T.S. with Erin. She has gone from low tone upper body to climbing a rope ladder and rock wall! She is also able to walk in a figure 8 which she could never do because of poor motor planning. The confidence she has gained has also improved her speech and eye contact. Sophia also started EEG Neurofeedback. Her pre-school teachers have commented on her progress in reading and following instructions. I am excited to see the results EEG will have on her in a year.
- Gwen - Daughter, 4 y/o