Wednesday, June 18, 2008

news: brain music therapy for migraine


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I came across an article yesterday on the FOX News website about a technique called Brain Music Therapy, which is being used to help some migraineurs.

Using Personalized Brain Music to Combat Migraines
Mindlin, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University in New York City, has been providing this type of treatment for three years.

"I will take this recording and translate it digitally with a very complex algorithm into musical frequencies to create for the patient his or her personalized music file," Mindlin said.

Brain music therapy doesn't use any chemicals, and it has no side effects.

"I'd listen to it twice through every night before bed, and after a few weeks, I started to notice that I was responding," Fox said. "Right now, I really don't get any headaches. I'll maybe get a sinus headache or two that can be environmental or something like that, but no more migraines."



This is the first I've read about Brain Music Therapy. I have no idea whether there is any legitimacy to the treatment or how reputable its practitioners are, but it sounds like an interesting way of coping with migraine disease.

This article provides a more thorough analysis of the therapy and what it entails:

Sustain in the Brain

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