Go Direct to Your Brain to Take Control of Your Migraine Headaches
Migraine headaches. You know the dread you get when the first signs, the first hints, of an impending migraine appear. It may prevent you from going to work, from taking care of your children, from being part of social activities or family life. You end up "living around the migraines" -- doing the most you can between migraine interruptions.
If you're like many other migraine sufferers, you've probably tried everything under the sun, including:
- medications to treat the pain
- natural supplements to treat the pain
- avoiding the triggers you know about (i.e., food, glare, allergens)
- chiropractic adjustmentsmassage
- etc., etc.
Yet you still find yourself "living around" migraine pain, angry and discouraged about your lack of success and increasingly cynical about any new promises of headache relief.
But here's the problem....
The target of most of these treatments is the pain.
And the pain is not the cause of your headaches, it's the consequence of an instability in the brain and its blood vessels.So if you're always targeting the pain, it's already too late.
Plus, many individuals find they aren't able to tolerate the side-effects of medications or just don't like the idea of using medications over the long term.
Some of these approaches do try to keep the brain more stable, but they do it indirectly by trying to help it not get knocked off its balance. Avoiding triggers is one example -- kind of like tip-toeing around to not wake up the baby. No matter how careful you are, sometimes it's just going to happen.
And there are some "triggers" you may not be able to avoid: barometric pressure headaches or headaches related to hormonal changes resulting in menstrual headaches or menopause migraines.
So what can you do?
The primary action you can take is to help your brain be more stable, to stay on a more even keel all the time.
The more stable, the better, because it will take more to knock you off-kilter, to "wake the baby up".
Some of the most effective non-drug alternatives of this type include nutritional supplements, because they change the internal environment of your body.
But for many people, perhaps for you, this just isn't enough.
So the best alternative is to go direct to the brain. Teach it to stay more solidly stable, to be thrown off balance less easily.
And there is a neurofeedback technique that will do just this for you: Hemoencephalograohy. (Or HEG, for short, if you're not into tongue twisters.)
HEG is a non-invasive neurofeedback method for teaching your brain to be more stable and better able to self-regulate the activity of the blood vessels that otherwise can lead to migraine. It uses an infrared temperature sensor on your forehead to measure blood flow in your brain - kind of like a thermometer for your brain. ;-) Using HEG, nothing "goes into" your brain at any time. HEG works by having you "exercise" the area of your brain that can keep it stable. Most people find they feel more alert and energized after a HEG session.
Research on the effectiveness of HEG shows that it helps prevent migraines and can even stop migraine headache pain after it starts. In a study of 100 people with migraine headaches, 95% of those who completed at least 6 weekly sessions reported significant improvement, meaning they had difficulty telling whether or not the headache was a "migraine".
These numbers hold in my experience as well, virtually everyone I've worked with finds that:
- they notice a difference within the 6 sessions and
- within 10-20 sessions, they are virtually headache free and/or that the headaches they do have are much milder - maybe not even requiring any medication!
If you suffer from migraine headache pain, or know someone who does, and want to find out more about these ideas, here are a couple of steps you can take:
Read more about HEG on this page. Request my article on Tired of living around migraine headaches?: Put your brain to work or contact me for more information.
I look forward to talking with you about what we can do to get you living without the migraines instead of living around them.