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Are you still suffering from migraines even though you are taking medication?
Are you getting relief from migraine medication but concerned about the side effects?

If you answered “Yes”to either question, neurofeedback training may be right for you.

Although neurofeedback training can stop a migraine while it is occurring, stopping individual migraines is not the main goal. Training with neurofeedback can be very effective in reducing the intensity and frequency of migraines over the long term providing real relief for people suffering from migraines.

NBC and ABC news stories highlight neurofeedback training for migraine treatment

The Washington, DC, affiliates for both ABC and NBC News each presented news stories describing and explaining how neurofeedback is used to help with migraines. Both focused on the work of Deborah Stokes, Ph.D, a neurofeedback clinician in Alexandria, VA.  She’s recently published a study that showed significant improvement in migraines using neurofeedback.

The NBC news story focuses on one of her patients, Anedi Edelstein, who came to Dr. Stokes after a long history of medications for migraines. She had tried 10 different prescription drugs. She was concerned about the side effects of drowsiness, which could affect driving with her young children. This story discusses how her migraines were impacted by neurofeedback training and reports that she is now migraine free.

Lynn Hertel, another of Dr. Stokes’ patients, is the focus of the ABC news story. Lynn, a flute teacher, was often unable to play music because of her migraines. The migraines were so debilitating that Lynn says, “I really didn’t have a life. I just survived between migraines.” Before trying neurofeedback, she had been though “countless treatments.” After neurofeedback training, Lynn reports that her migraines are “practically non-existent”.

Neurofeedback, which tends to reduce the number and intensity of migraines, is typically used with patients such as Anedi and Lynn, who have already tried a number of other options, including medications, before finding neurofeedback.


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