Biofeedback for Migraine and Headaches
Headache and Migraine
Scientists have several theories about the cause of migraines and other types of headaches. Some explanations include vascular or blood flow problems, on the other hand some suggest that genetic predisposition has involved. However, most researchers and health care providers agree that chronic stress is the main trigger.
Biofeedback Device for the Treatment of Migraine and Headaches
Drug treatments are effective in pain relief, however medications do not provide a long-term solution. People suffering from migraines and headaches often use alternative methods of healing like biofeedback, self-hypnosis, herbal remedies or a combination of the above methods. Besides self-hypnosis, biofeedback therapy is proved to be the most powerful tool for the treatment of this condition. The biofeedback system with Relaxing Rhythms software made by a San Diego computer company Wild Divine is especially highlighted by home users as a device which provides great results
The Wild Divine system by IOM was one of the most advanced and best biofeedback personal equipment for working at home, by opinions of many users and reviewers, for a long time. This was mainly due to software that resembles a computer game very much. However, there is another biofeedback system appeared on the market in recent years, which takes a place of the best system for home use - ThoughtStream USB Biofeedback system (see below). Anyway, the Wild Divine plugs into any standard USB port on Mac, PC or lap top computers, and interfaces with software. It comes with a wide range of programs and games for any purpose. The most popular package is the Relaxing Rhythms (includes software and hardware) which is cost around $299. Follow the link for more detailed descritpon on the Wild Divine.
With a price below $100, the ThoughtStream is one of the most affordable and best buy biofeedback machines on the market, today. There are some cheaper devices around, but they are uncomparable with the ThoughtStream by quality and abilities. Like the Wild Divine, the ThoughtStream also consists of hardware parts and software. But, unlike the Wild Divine, it can be used with a free software, which is a big advantage (optionaly you can buy the "Mental Games" computer software - interactive biofeedback games). You can simply connect the ThoughtStream USB to your Windows PC, while the hand sensor measures the rapid, tiny fluctuations in your GSR (skin's electrical resistance). Learn More.
One of the most popular biofeedback devices is the Muse system. It is designed to guide you to a calm mind. It consists of the headband and headphones. Tthe headband uses brain-sensing technology to measure whether your mind is calm or active, and translates those signals into guiding sounds. Learn more about Muse.