National Headache Foundation
  • Biofeedback and Migraines

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    Biofeedback is an effective protective procedure to sooth the nervous system before it responds with a migraine. At the first indication that a migraine may be on the way, a migraineur needs to make time for herself by taking 10 minutes to warm her finger temperature to 96 degrees F while listening to relaxing music. Research demonstrates that temperature biofeedback is as effective as Inderal in preventing migraine without the side effects.[i.] Over 500 studies[ii.] support the benefits of biofeedback as being threefold: 1) stabilize the sensitive nervous system of the migraineur during interictal periods; 2) lessen the frequency of migraine; 3) increase the migraineur’s sense of control.

    Biofeedback is an investment in health. Through biofeedback, an individual learns how to read internal cues concerning the system’s equilibrium. Once a person realizes that he or she has the ability to regulate the physiological stress level, biofeedback may be employed to maintain a healthy state.

    [i.] Holroyd KA, Penzien DB. Pharmacological versus non-pharmacological prophylaxis of recurrent migraine headache: A meta-analytic review of clinical trials. Pain 1990; 42:1-13.

    [ii.] Farmer KU. Biofeedback and the treatment of headache. In: Cady RK, Fox AW (eds). Treating the headache patient. New York: Marcel Dekker, 1995, 287-303. Show less
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