The most current theory of migraine considers the cause to be an underlying central nervous system (CNS) disorder. The CNS consists of the brain and spinal cord. Migraine triggers launch a series of neurologic and biochemical events, which affect the brain’s pain and vascular system. Until recently, the general theory on the migraine process rested solely on the idea that abnormalities of blood vessel (vascular) systems in the head were responsible for migraines.
Migraine headache is often localized in a certain area of the head (varying from person to person) and is sometimes accompanied by a pronounced sensitivity to light and sound. Other common migraine symptoms include nausea and vomiting. Migraines are usually gradual in onset, progressively more painful and then undergo a gradual resolution. When migraines are mild-to-moderate, they are usually described as being dull, deep and steady. When severe, migraines are throbbing or pulsating. It is possible to have a migraine episode without the actual head pain, only the pre- and post-symptoms. Migraine may have a strong family history. They are episodic in nature, with some patients experiencing one attack annually and others experiencing attacks several times a week. In any case, migraine headaches can be a debilitating condition. While chronic head pain may not rise to the clinical level of migraine, it can be as debilitating.
The pain in either case is very real. Therefore, the debilitating symptoms have been the focus of migraine and chronic head pain treatment. While a true migraine cure would be the best news, it’s not here yet. Migraine relief that reduces the likelihood of migraine symptoms occurring is the next best thing.
Scientists have long recognized that certain illnesses produce distinctive brain-wave patterns. Neurofeedback is thought to reset these patterns, so that the brain performance can re-normalize. Ongoing migraine relief can occur in as few as six sessions. Permanent, lasting change – meaning a reduction or elimination of symptoms – usually take hold within 20-40 sessions with the individual brain’s structure and history determining the length of time for response.
Neurofeedback is simply making the central nervous system more internally efficient.