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If you know a migrainer who is well controlled on medications and who doesn’t have major side effects from medications, he or she is not usually a candidate for neurofeedback.  In our experience, they are happy with having migraines under control and they won’t consider changing what they are doing. 

If you know someone still having migraines– of if you know someone struggling with side effects of medications, than they should seriously consider the Center for Brain Training. 

Not only can neurofeedback be very helpful for reducing migraines, but at the center we help patients look at any number of factors and interventions that may be contributing to headaches.  We take a comprehensive approach based on extensive experience and research.  We find that a combination approach – using approaches that typically are not even discussed by MDs with their patients, can be highly effective.  .

There are hundreds of cases that have been reported of migrainers who trained with neurofeedback that reduced the number and intensity of migraines they had.  Often health professionals report that medications have been reduced or at times eliminated. 

A case example.  We worked with a retired chiropractor that had suffered from migraines for 30 years.  Late one day, just as he was getting started with neurofeedback he got a severe migraine.  We happened to talk with him and were able to see work him in to see him right then.  He was in excruciating pain and was considering going to the hospital. He reported that when this level of migraine occurs, there is no way to stop it for many hours or longer. 

We were able to train him for 25 minutes using neurofeedback.  During that time, we made some changes to adjust the training till he noted some improvement in pain.  We then continued with the last training settings.  By the end of 25 minutes he said his pain went from a 10 to a 2 (scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the worst).  After we stopped he reported soon the pain had gone down to a level 1.  He was amazed. He said he could not believe it was possible to stop a headache like that in such a short time – and for it simply to be virtually gone.  He did not re-experience the migraine again in the next week.

This is not an isolated incidence. It is common to be able to stop a severe migraine in progress – with people who say it takes hours to calm down even with medications. 

But that’s not the goal of neurofeedback and training. The goal is to reduce – on an ongoing basis the number and intensity of migraines.  Many clinicians around the US have reported that they often see that neurofeedback training does help clients learn to be much more stable and reduce the number of headaches and intensity of headaches. 


NY Neurofeedback and QEEG • Merlyn Hurd Ph.D. • Licensed Psychologist and Certified Neurotherapist
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