Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Biofeedback


As promised, here is some information about Biofeedback for migraines. I hope this helps those of you who suffer from them!

I have seen countless neurologists and have gone through pretty much every migraine medication out there. I've tried diet changes, acupressure, acupuncture, chiropractors, ancient Chinese teas ... but the most helpful thing for me has been biofeedback.

Biofeedback is basically a form of mediation that can be measured with sensors. It's typically taught by psychologists, from my understanding. The best neurologist that I've had so far had a biofeedback certified psychologist in his office, and she changed the quality of my life so drastically!

Basically, biofeedback changes certain body functions, such as the temperature and tension of your body. As sensors are applied to various areas of your head, back and hands, you can actually see on a computer how your body is physically reacting to the biofeedback relaxation techniques. You train your body to warm itself (have you ever noticed that your hands and feet become cold when you have a migraine?) which opens up restricted blood vessels. You also learn how to relax muscles in your face that you never even knew were there! It takes lots of practice, but I can speak from experience- once I got the techniques down, I was able to stop the constant migraine medications. I can almost always biofeedback away any migraine now, within minutes.

Check out this Wikipedia page for more about Biofeedback. I'm very comfortable with their explanation.

7 comments:

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  2. Thanks for sharing -- my boss has terrible migraines and seems to have tried everything ... perhaps this will help!

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  3. wow---this is super interesting---ive never heard of it. thanks for the info!

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  4. This is really interesting. My mom has terrible migraines, I will forward her this info -- thanks for sharing!

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  6. This sounds amazing and something I will definitely pass onto suffering friends. Do you know if it works for other chronic pain?

    I suffered horrific migraines for many years however was miraculously cured when I had my first child. Double blessing!

    Thanks for following.

    xCharlotta

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  7. This is fascinating Jen. An expression of the good advancements in technology can do. I shall remember this, thank you.

    Oh and by the way, you joined my blog at the same time as another girl who said she was a letter writer and was reading my blog from the beginning (posted 5 comments), lol I think I thought that was you, by mistake. Still, thank you for visiting, xx.

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