Stress management, biofeedback and migraines commonly use guided
meditation and are becoming well known. This might be much easier and
more fun than most of the other things you've tried to rid yourself of
However, as in learning anything new, great patience is needed so you may just have to persevere learning as an adult.
The good news is that children usually learn to use a biofeedback system much quicker and easier than adults.
Biofeedback devices have had very successful results for childhood
migraines for prevention
in past studies.
I tried using the temperature theory biofeedback system to warm my cold hands, but it did not reduce my terrible migraine pain in any way. I did try another kind again, after I sorted out my medication strategy, called the Wild Divine System that Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil, and Dean Ornish are involved with.
I highly respect all three of these men and have been following them for years. Here it is, so have a look!
Biofeedback works on the assumption that our body has a “natural potential and ability to influence certain autonomic (involuntary) functions".
Computers and computerized monitors assist us in learning and training ourselves to use the programs to change our breath, body temperature and heart rate. I thought it would be impossible.
Once we master the resulting relaxation and - well - mind control - we can use it anywhere and any time, with no further need for the equipment.
Here are the three most common types of biofeedback:
Temperature biofeedback – you can hold onto or be attached to a temperature sensor on your finger or toe. When you are stressed out or anxious your skin temperature drops. The blood is redirected to the muscles and inner organs when you are stressed out. The sensor will be attached to a computer, and the computer screen will monitor the changes.
Galvanic skin response – aka “lie detector”. Yes, just like in
the movies, electrodes are attached to your body (skin), a small hardly
detectible electrical charge runs through your skin and registers on the
machine. The machine actually uses the electrodes to measure changes
in your skins secretions (water and salt) from your sweat gland ducts.
This has proven effective in the past as the increased emotions can be
measured through the increase in sweat when under pressure.
Electromyogram (EMG) – This one is used for training us migraineurs how to use a biofeedback system. During training electrodes are placed on muscles in the forehead, jaw, and upper shoulders. You are meant to relax while the machine produces a tone or a light for each muscle group where tension is detected. It takes patience and perseverance.
Your doctor or therapist might want you to have some specific goals for your training sessions, depending on the migraine diagnosis you receive.
My goal, of course, is to be completely migraine free forever.
My doctor will be happy if I simply reduce the occurrence of them thus reducing the medications I use.
You will have physical goals like:
• Relaxing muscles and different muscle groups
• Breathing slower or
• Regulating your breathing
• Redirecting blood to the hands, to warm them
• Redirecting blood to the feet, to warm them
• Lowering blood pressure
Other goals/benefits: increased concentration, increased attention span, and increased ability to focus.
Biofeedback is often used along with relaxation training, meditation, and imagery or visualization techniques.
One goal I didn't mention is the time you need to put into training. Just like meditation, 20 minutes twice every day is a good maintenance routine to work towards.
Some doctors will recommend three, ten minute sessions each day until you have results.
Other systems I have found that also work well are: the emWave2 personal stress reduction system and the Intelect TENS 77600 system. I think the tens machines are similar to biofeedback, but the machine does all the work. I like that.
These have all worked for me, give them a try. I hope you get results too.
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Biofeedback and Migraines Reference: Robert, T. (2005) Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. Harper Collins Publishers: New York. pp. 155-156.
Biofeedback and Migraines: The Goals of Training