When a person experiences chronic migraine and headache pain, it is important to get to the root of the problem as quickly as possible. Headache and migraine pain treatment is most effective when doctors know all of the physical details associated with the patient.
Biofeedback therapy offers doctors valuable information as to what is going on physically with the patient. They can then create a treatment plan that is both safe and effective, allowing the patient to return to their normal daily routine as soon as possible.
WHAT IS BIOFEEDBACK?
Biofeedback involves the use of electrodes that are placed in specific positions on a person's body to measure the skin’s temperature, muscle tension, blood pressure, heart rate and brain activity.
With these measurements, doctors believe they can help patients learn to control certain aspects of their body in an attempt to reduce the occurrence of migraines, tension headaches, chronic pain and blood pressure problems.
HOW IS BIOFEEDBACK BENEFICIAL WHEN IT COMES TO MANAGING HEADACHE PAIN?
With the use of the information received through biofeedback systems, doctors can help patients manage their stress levels, reduce muscle tension and lower their blood pressure.
By finding ways to control these aspects of the body, the belief is that the triggers that cause migraines and other types of chronic headaches, pain will be dramatically reduced. By diminishing the risk of setting off one or more of the triggers, the frequency of the migraines will also be decreased.
THE BENEFITS OF RELAXATION THERAPY
Biofeedback is often used in conjunction with relaxation therapy. As the body reduces tension, tightness in the muscles begins to lessen, improving blood flow and allowing fresh oxygen into areas where it may have previously been restricted.
Biofeedback as a headache treatment is extremely efficient in this area. By showing doctors where the stress points are, they can, in turn, help the patient to ease the stress in those areas and minimize the risk of frequent and recurring pain.
NATIONAL HEADACHE INSTITUTE
At the National Headache Institute, our doctors use state of the art diagnostic tools like Biofeedback therapy to help diagnose and treat various types of headache pain.
Stress and tension can result in headaches and migraines that cause you to lose time at work and with your family. Chronic migraines can be debilitating, robbing you of your ability to function. With Biofeedback therapy, we gain the information we need to help you effectively cope with and reduce the pain and get back to your day-to-day activities. Please contact us for further information.