The

Neuroscience of

Headaches & Migraines

Electrical Dysfunction is at the Source of Most Migraines

Chronic headaches and migraines are common symptoms of underlying electrical dysfunction in the brain.

 

When electrical dysfunction is present, emotional, biological, or hormonal stress can overload neuronal networks.

When neurons are overloaded, they can set off a cascade of interactions with blood vessels that contribute to migraines. 

EEG guided neurofeedback can help normalize the electrical dysfunction, which can significantly reduce chronic headaches & migraines.

"I have been referring people to the Brain Performance Center for more than seven years, including my own daughter. I have seen significant improvements in many difficult conditions, such as chronic headaches and migraines".

Angela Spruill, DPT, CPS

Physical Therapist

Owner, Custom Physical Therapy in Thousand Oaks

Neurofeedback and biofeedback with 37 migraineurs: a clinical outcome study

"Of the 37 migraine patients treated, 70% experienced at least a 50% reduction in the frequency of their headaches".

Stokes DA, Lappin MS. Neurofeedback and biofeedback with 37 migraineurs: a clinical outcome study. Behav Brain Funct. 2010;6:9. Published 2010 Feb 2. doi:10.1186/1744-9081-6-9

QEEG-guided neurofeedback for recurrent migraine headaches
"For the neurofeedback group the majority (54%) experienced complete cessation of their migraines, and many others (39%) experienced a reduction in migraine frequency of greater than 50%. Four percent experienced a decrease in headache frequency of <50%. Only one patient did not experience a reduction in headache frequency".

Walker, J. E. (2011). QEEG-Guided Neurofeedback for Recurrent Migraine Headaches. Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, 42(1), 59–61. https://doi.org/10.1177/155005941104200112

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an EEG Brain Map?

An EEG brain map objectively measures brain function for people between the ages of 6 and 92. It identifies specific regions of the brain that may be producing too much, or too little electrical activity compared to a controlled, normative database of your same age and gender.

 

A brain map takes less than an hour to record and is neither invasive nor painful. You simply wear a cap with 19 sensors that record your brain’s electrical activity while you relax in a chair. It is similar to having an EKG record your heart. It’s as safe as a stethoscope!

Is there supporting research

validating EEG brain mapping?

Yes, there are hundreds of research studies on EEG for a wide variety of symptoms, including memory problems, anxiety, depression, traumatic brain injury (TBI), ADD/ADHD, and processing issues.

 

EEG is considered the “Gold Standard” in neuroscience for measuring real-time brain function. EEG brain mapping is used by the Department of Defense as well as top institutions including UCLA, UCSD, Stanford and many others.

Will insurance pay for my EEG brain map?

Even though EEG brain mapping has hundreds of research studies, currently, insurance does not pay or reimburse for EEG brain maps. The current insurance model is to prescribe medications solely based on symptoms and history. EEG technology is still a few years away from being considered a “main stream” medical diagnostic tool. However, the Brain Performance Center has recently reduced the price for a full EEG brain map to only $495 (the price for the last 5 years has been $975). This helps make it an affordable, out-of-pocket brain health investment.

How will a brain map help me?

Without an EEG brain map, healthcare providers and therapists rely solely on subjective information like symptoms and history. Neuroscience research has identified 6 different types of brain physiology that can produce anxiety symptoms and 6 others that can produce ADHD symptoms.

 

Many symptoms can be the result of abnormal brain activity during sleep cycles. Understanding the physiological source is imperative to any treatment plan. EEG brain mapping is the technology that provides an objective assessment to help direct the most effective brain health interventions.

Can I record a brain map even if I

am currently taking medication?

Yes, continue to take your medications prescribed by your doctor. We know how medications affect your brain map and can account for this when reviewing the results.

How do I schedule an EEG brain map?

Call our office at (800) 385-0710 or email us at:

 

info@BrainPerformance.com

Based on my EEG brain map,

will you recommend specific interventions?

An EEG brain map can help identify if your brain function is being affected by nutritional deficiencies, environmental factors, genetic factors, sleep cycle dysfunction, or due to post-concussion activity. If one or more of these are identified, we will recommend specific nutritional interventions, changes to your diet, changes in lifestyle, specific genetic tests, or EEG biofeedback sessions (Neurofeedback) to optimize your brain’s electrical activity. 

Who reviews my brain map results with me?

Once your brain map is fully processed, you will have a 1-hour consultation to review your brain map findings with our Director of Neuroscience, Bryan Hixson. Mr. Hixson is one of the leading neuroscience experts in quantitative EEG brain mapping, neurocognitive testing, neurofeedback brain training, and nutritional cellular health.

 

Mr. Hixson is a brain health expert consultant for AARP’s Staying Sharp platform, serving 38 million members. He is also the Director of Digital Brain Health for Sharecare/DoctorOz.com, the founder and neuroscience director of the Brain Performance Centers, and an EEG brain mapping contractor for the U.S. Army. Additionally, Mr. Hixson is the co-founder of BrainSpan Laboratories, which is used by over 1,000 doctors nationwide. It is the most clinically validated blood spot test available for optimizing fatty acids related to brain health.