Headaches stem from a variety of causes and often they potentiate one another. Good detective work is key in eradicating chronic headaches. We work with your Doctor to determine the root cause of this disabling condition. We also investigate the role of Food and Hormones in the cause of headaches. Food diaries and for women, menstrual charting will be used.
Posture, chronic movement patterns and ways we sit and move can also contribute to your headaches. We incorporate stretching, strengthening and manual therapy such as Myofascial Release and CranioSacral therapy in our Headache management program.
Except perhaps for head colds, headaches and migraines are probably the most common human ailment. Three out of four Americans had a headache or a migraine during the past year, according to the National Headache Foundation. Usually, headaches are merely passing annoyances that go away with aspirin or after a nap, but as many as 45 million people suffer from chronic and/or severe headaches or migraines that seriously interfere with their lives.
Tension headaches are usually caused by muscles in the neck, shoulders, jaws and other facial structures being kept too tense for too long. These muscles may become too tense because some people can not recognize the actual level of tension in painful muscles, because of postural problems while working, over-reactions by the muscles to stress, poor habits, etc.
Psychophysiological assessments can identify which muscles are not functioning correctly and what circumstances lead to the incorrect patterns of tension. Biofeedback of muscle tension is used to train people to recognize actual levels of tension and to correct these levels in conjunction with relaxation training. Temperature biofeedback for migraine headaches work through a similar chain of logic.
Biofeedback Therapy for Migraine and Headache Pain
Bio is the Greek prefix meaning life, as in the word biological. Feedback is a term for receiving information on current behavior which can be used to influence or modify future behavior. Thus biofeedback is the process in which a patient is given information about specific body events through the use of instrumentation.
Biofeedback is an important, painless, non-drug therapy in the treatment of headaches and migraines. It is a method which teaches subjects to control bodily functions, such as heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension, which were once considered to be beyond voluntary control. However, research has shown that by monitoring these functions and feeding back information to the patient on an ongoing and immediate basis, voluntary control can, in fact, be taught. The information is feedback to the patient with visual and auditory instruments.
Through a process which includes conditioning, feedback instrumentation, behavior modification, and adaptation mechanisms, the individual can learn self-regulation of these bodily functions. Using these techniques of self-regulation, the patient can actually learn to change specific responses of the body, e.g. release of muscle tension and spasm, lowering of blood pressure, and diminishing and even stopping headache pain.
Biofeedback is a formal training program which can, with daily practice, help to alleviate headache and migraine symptoms. The ultimate goal is to integrate these techniques into the course of daily living. This form of training includes the individual as an active participant in his or her own health care