Migraines are debilitating, painful and extremely different to a headache, and yet, countless people are unable to distinguish between the two. For instance, everyone experiences headaches, but not everyone will have a migraine. Headaches are the result of stress or tiredness, or other controllable triggers. They start in the middle of your forehead and then work its way down to your neck and shoulders—depending on the cause of a headache. A migraine is much harsher. The pain begins on the side of the head—a dull throbbing or tightening that intensifies into severe pain. As a result, people experiencing a migraine attack will have an immediate sensitivity to light and noise, in addition to feeling nausea when the attack occurs. According to Migrain.com, more than 37 million people suffer from migraines in the United States alone.
Although many treatments exist and can help reduce migraines, consequently, many of those treatments also come with side effects—I know from firsthand experience. You see, fifteen years ago I was in a serious car accident, and as a result, it left me with excruciating migraines. These migraines were so agonizing—to describe it—like someone was boiling my brain. Unfortunately, painkillers left me feeling terribly nauseous daily. I felt incredibly hopeless. However, I wouldn’t give up and after much research, I discovered neurofeedback therapy. To my surprise, and relief, the regularity of my migraines became less severe after two weeks of therapy sessions. Within two months my migraines disappeared completely. Pleased to say I have not had a migraine in fifteen years! For this reason, it’s so important to raise awareness about this highly effective treatment—it’s why I decided to become a Neurofeedback Therapy Specialist.
So how does neurofeedback therapy help reduce and eliminate migraines? By mapping the brain, we are able to locate the parts of the brain causing the migraines. Migraines have a high-frequency level that we can detect on an EEG. Specifically, a frequency level of a positive four (+4) or higher will cause a migraine; optimal frequency is a positive one (+1)—a target frequency for my patients. Therefore, once discovered we focus on balancing the brain, so brain function improves, with specific brain exercises to decrease the frequency. In addition to using neurofeedback therapy, I also prescribe hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a treatment to increase oxygen and blood flow to the brain. As a result, many of my patients who once suffered from migraines are living migraine and medication free.
If you have been diagnosed with having severe migraines, and medications don’t seem to be working, it might be time to try neurofeedback therapy. It’s time to take back your health and your life.
Dr. Elena Eustache is a specialist in Neurofeedback Therapy, with a PhD in Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Elena Eustache helps her patients reach their full potential so that they can live the life they’ve always dreamed of.