Giving Neurofeedback Another Go for Chronic Headache, Anxiety and Migraine

In “Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology and How You Can Heal,” Donna Jackson Nakazawa describes different methods one can utilize to rehabilitate after suffering trauma (for example, abandonment, neglect, living with an alcoholic and their enabler, witnessing physical abuse or being ridiculed or invalidated by a parent, etc).

One method that jumped out at me is Neurofeedback (NFB) because I recently attempted NFB through a program called NeurOptimal. Although I saw some improvements in mood and sleep (lucid dreams), NeurOptimal didn’t minimize the severity or frequency of daily headaches or migraine attacks. I also continued to be very fidgety / anxious. It was highly recommended by Martin Brink, author of “The Migraine Revolution,” that I find a more suitable form of Neurofeedback to rehabilitate – one that utilizes Quantitative EEG brain mapping technology.

The EEG is a way to measure activity in your brain.  Your brain is electric. Every thought you think, every emotion you feel, and every sensation you have is due to the electrical firing of neurons. The EEG or electroencephalograph shows this activity instantaneously, within a few thousandths of a second after it occurs in the brain. Although EEG’s are used medically by neurologists to evaluate neurological disorders like epilepsy, they are increasingly being used in behavioral and mental health fields.

EEG shows us the activity and the coordination of activity of the cortex – the outermost layer of the brain. This is the part of the brain responsible for higher functions like thinking, deciding, and acting.  It can show areas of the brain where there is too little or too much activity. It can also show when areas of the brain are not coordinating their activity properly. By studying the EEG in 19 areas of your brain, we are often able to see the reason for your struggles. And once we can see it, we can target it for change with neurofeedback.

Because of costs I had to put true Neurofeedback on the back burner. But after closing my retirement account early to get out of debt and fix our vehicle, I decided now’s my opportunity to finally heal and move on from whatever has been holding me back in life.

My initial evaluation and QEEG brain mapping is scheduled for next week, and I’m so excited. Once we get an idea of what’s going on in my brain, we can schedule two to three Neurofeedback sessions per week. I’ll keep you updated on my progress here and on twitter.

Have you utilized Neurofeedback to rehabilitate from childhood trauma and/or chronic pain, anxiety or depression (OCD, ADHD, PTSD, etc)? I’d love to hear your story.

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