A non-invasive, innovative and affordable neurotechnology has the capability to balance the brain frequencies in the right and left hemispheres, reducing blood pressure and removing most of the symptoms of migraines. This week, in late March, 2017, the results confirm that intervention shows real promise.
Aligning brain activity with the help of sound can ease the number of health issues.
The results of two interesting studies were recently presented by American Heart Association’s council on Hypertension 2017 Scientific Sessions.
If these results are successfully replicated, they could easily signal a big revolution in the way that both migraine and mild hypertension are treated.
These studies used high-resolution, resonance based, relational, electroencephalic mirroring, or HIRREM for short.
It uses tiny sensors placed on the scalp; they quickly measure electrical activity, all imbalances in right and left brain, and hyperarousal.
“All those who are normal have relatively balanced electrical activity between left and right side of their brain.Even slight imbalance, with one of these two sides dominant, or hyperactive, may indicate dysregulation associated with the effects of chronic stress, which is believed to pay a vital role in high blood pressure, insomnia, migraines, hot flashes, depression, and more.”
How does HIRREM work?
HIRREM closely monitors electrical activity in the brain and registers the levels. While doing so, it translates them into an audible signal, which repeats back to the person whose brain is being monitored.
Wake Forest School of Medicine (where this system was designed), HIRREM is a:
“Non-invasive, novel, elecroencephalic, closed-loop based feedback technology to facilitate self-optimization and auto-calibration of neural oscillations with the help of auditory tones to reflect various dominant brain frequencies in near real time”
This real-time feedback has main effect on brain’s output. Gradually, with no conscious, cognitive activity required the brain’s electrical patterns gently shift towards better balance and reduced hyperarousal.
The theory is that trauma, whether it’s physical or otherwise, can cause disturbances to brain’s normal activity. For example, if brain’s sympathetic (flight-or-fight) nervous system is activated, but is unable to return to normal, it can be disastrous, and may lead to disease.
Studying HIRREM’s effects
Creaters of HIRREM are careful not to imply that their creation is actually a medical device. Their website says:” HIRREM is actually not intended to cure, treat, diagnose, or heal any mental illness, disease, or symptom, and individual duration and results may vary.
However, medical researchers do vouch for its fascinating potential. The first, yet to be presented study at scientific sessions involved 15 participants (half women, half men) with stage one hypertension. After an average of 19.7 HIRREM sessions, spread over an average of 12.5 in-office days, the patients showed remarkable improvement.
Researchers found the results encouraging. There was reduction in their diastolic pressure form 99 to 78 millimeters of mercury and systolic blood pressure from 155 to 133 millimeters of mercury. Anxiety and insomnia levels also improved.
Heart rate variability (difference between two heartbeats), also improved from an average of 44 to 58. Any increase in variability is nice. According to Maria: “The more dynamic range and flexibility the body has been able to change the heart rate in response to body’s blood pressure, the better.
In the second study, 55 adults with severe migraine were treated. All of them received an average of 17.9 HIRREM sessions over 7 in-office days. Patients reported improvement in headaches, insomnia, and mood.
Of course, due to the studies’ small size, it is difficult to extrapolate the results; however, these two investigations are just a small part of a larger research program that has now enrolled over 400 participants. “If these findings are confirmed in larger controlled studies, HIRREM may prove to be a valuable new approach for brain-based healthcare,” Shaltout said.
Finding a solution that offers an improvement to medical issues that are notoriously difficult to treat, without the need for invasive techniques, could be a real breakthrough.
No doubt many insomnia and migraine sufferers will be waiting to hear the results of the larger trial with baited breath