Headaches and Chronic Pain
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” -Rumi
Whether you or someone you love suffers from chronic, general body pain, or the sharp and often debilitating pain from migraines, or the constant pounding of tension headaches, your symptoms may all be caused at least in part by the same dysfunction: neurological dysregulation syndrome.
A healthy, balanced and properly regulated nervous system will produce the appropriate brain waves at the appropriate levels and at the appropriate time for any given situation. When your brain cannot do this, it is dysregulated. We can help balance your brainwaves and thereby improve the quality of your life with neurofeedback and metabolic/diet consultations.
Headaches and Migraines
Headaches are often associated with low levels of alpha and theta waves. Alpha waves are associated with meditation and an inner sense of calm and serenity. The neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which controls the stages of sleep as well as recording memories, is regulated by alpha waves. Too little alpha leads to too little acetylcholine. Theta waves are related to the release of the most inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system, GABA. It is the “calming” or “peacemaker” chemical in the brain inducing relaxation and alleviating stress and anxiety. Low GABA levels often lead to anxiety, irritability, headaches, seizures, lower sex drive, hypertension, and palpitations.
Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia
Chronic pain from an old injury or fibromyalgia type is influenced by the neurotransmitters human growth hormone and serotonin. Human growth hormone is necessary for healing and regeneration of tissue. It repairs damaged tissue, and damaged tissue causes pain. Serotonin is important in the brain’s perception of pain. You need enough serotonin to dampen or inhibit perception of pain. Serotonin is also involved in the regulation of mood, appetite, sex drive, and sleep cycles. Low serotonin levels create a low pain threshold and make it easier to perceive pain; your pain threshold is much lower than it used to be. The release of these neurotransmitters is related to delta waves which are produced during deep sleep. Many chronic pain sufferers are deficient in human growth hormone and suffer from sleep deprivation. This is no coincidence.
As neurofeedback addresses neurological dysregulation, it balances your brainwaves and the levels of the neurotransmitters associated with those brainwaves as well. We will also address any needed lifestyle and dietary changes that may be the source of your symptoms. More specifically, by investigating your lab results with your unique gene code mutations, we may be able to pinpoint a significant and unaddressed part of your healing journey.