Biofeedback for Headaches and Migraines

Headaches and migraines affect millions of people in the United States each year. Northwest Biofeedback Center offers drug-free treatments that are not only effective in reducing symptoms, but safe as well.

What are Headaches and Migraines?

The pain from headaches and migraines can be extremely intense, lasting anywhere from a few hours to several days. They typically occur when arteries inside the cranium constrict, causing blood vessels to press on nearby nerves. The National Headache Foundation reports that approximately 80 percent of people who suffer from migraines have a family history of the condition, and women tend to have them three times more often than men.

Symptoms of Headaches and Migraines

There are several painful symptoms associated with headaches and migraines. These include nausea, vomiting, sound and light sensitivity, and also intense, pulsing pain. In many instances, a migraine can occur without warning and preceded by an “aura,” or you may experience a visual distortion such as seeing flashing lights and spots. The aura typically disappears once the pain of the migraine begins.

Causes of Headaches and Migraines

Many experts believe that environmental factors can play a role in causing headaches and migraines, as well as genetics. Any changes in the brainstem and the way it interacts with pain pathways may lead to the condition, as well as imbalances in chemicals in the brain that regulate pain. Hormonal medications, stress, certain food additives and even changes in the weather have also been identified as potential causes.

Treating Headaches and Migraines

Biofeedback may help sufferers of headaches and migraines reduce their symptoms by helping them reduce stress and better manage symptoms. Several research studies support the use of biofeedback to treat the problem, and the experts with Dr. Joseph N. O’Donnell & Associates have more than 20 years of experience.

Contact Us About Headaches and Migraines

Setting a biofeedback appointment in Des Plaines with Northwest Biofeedback Center is easy. Visit our Contact us page for more information about treatment.