Biofeedback offers relief from chronic headaches or migraines without the side effects of medications, needles or injections
Various forms of biofeedback are effective for migraine and tension-type headache. Biofeedback in the treatment of recurrent headaches has been studied for nearly fifty years, and this treatment modality has become routine in the management of headache conditions. The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) guidelines on the treatment of migraines recommends biofeedback and stress reduction as an adjunct therapy to patients with severe enough migraine or tension headaches to warrant pharmaceutical intervention.
The large body of medical studies show that outcomes on treating headaches with biofeedback rival outcomes with medication therapy; and combining biofeedback with medication can enhance outcomes.
Biofeedback therapy for headaches is particularly well suited for individuals who have a:
- Preference for a non-drug approach
- Intolerance of, or medical contraindication to, drug treatment
- Absent or minimal response to drug treatment
- Pregnancy, plans to become pregnant, or current nursing status
- History of long-term, frequent, or excessive use of analgesic or other acute medications that aggravate headache symptoms or are reducing medication effectiveness
- Presence of significant life stress or need help in controlling chronic stress response
Most insurance plans cover biofeedback for chronic tension, neuromuscular or migraine headaches. Contact your plan for clarification.
Allied Psychophysiology offers multi-modal treatment for headaches, including surface muscle, skin conductivity, temperature, breathing and heart rate variability biofeedback protocols.