About Biofeedback

Your Guide to Biofeedback Therapy & Juva for Migraine

Headache clinician guiding a man through biofeedback therapy.

Traditional, clinic-based biofeedback

What's Biofeedback?

Biofeedback's Scientific Recognition

Biofeedback and relaxation therapies have been offered by psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals for years. Why? Because regularly practicing biofeedback therapy and relaxation coaching is shown to be a proven, effective way to treat migraine, chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, and many other conditions. It's backed by hundreds of studies and research spanning more than 50 years.

The reason so few people have experienced or even heard about biofeedback therapy is that it's typically only provided by a limited number of headache clinics scattered around the United States. But with Juva, biofeedback and relaxation coaching are made available to you in the comfort of your home.

Biofeedback therapy is endorsed by:

Biofeedback therapy is endorsed by:

American Headache Society
National Headache Foundation
American Academy of Neurology

Biofeedback Explained

Biofeedback is receiving information (or "feeding back") on your bodily functions. If you've ever used a thermometer or stepped on a scale, you've used biofeedback. The thermometer gave you information on your temperature. The scale told you what your weight is.

In hospitals and headache clinics, wires and instruments hooked up to parts of your body can provide biofeedback and give infromation on your heart rate, breathing rate, finger temperature, and blood pressure. Biological processes you usually aren't paying attention to.

However, with Juva for Migraine, your smartphone's camera provides you this information instead.
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Activated vs. Relaxed State

When your heart beats quickly, your breathing is fast, and your hands are cold, you are in a more activated state. When your heart and breathing are slow and your hands are warm, you are in a more relaxed state.

When you are in an activated state, you are more prone to migraine attacks. Keeping yourself in a relaxed state will make you less susceptible to them.

Biofeedback Therapy

Just like how a thermometer or scale gives you information to help improve your physical health, biofeedback can give you information to improve your psychological and physical health.

Biofeedback therapy is a way to learn how to control your biological processes and move from an activated to a relaxed state. It reveals the profound influence your behavior, thoughts, and feelings have on your psychological and physical well-being. Practicing biofeedback therapy regularly can lead to reduced migraine pain and frequency.

Biofeedback therapy is a safe and natural form of migraine management. It can be used alone or in conjunction with medication and other therapies. It's also safe to do while pregnant or breastfeeding.

With regular practice, biofeedback typically yields a*:

45-60%

Reduction in migraine attack frequency

As effective as preventative medication, such as:

Propranolol (Inderal®)
Amitriptyline
(Elavil®)

But without the side effects

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Biofeedback with Juva for Migraine

The Juva for Migraine App

Juva for Migraine is an app developed by headache experts and healthcare professionals to deliver biofeedback and relaxation coaching similar to what's performed in headache clinics. Juva trains you to recognize signs of activation and move your nervous system to a state of relaxation, helping reduce migraine pain and frequency.

Juva's Biofeedback Coaching

With Juva, you'll learn relaxation techniques for migraine management, such as diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and visual imagery. As you practice these techniques, Juva will use your smartphone's camera as a biofeedback tool to display your vital signs (or biomarkers), so you know how activated or relaxed your nervous system is becoming.

At the start of each exercise, the camera will take about 30 seconds to calibrate and begin measuring your biomarkers. Once it's calibrated, the guided therapy will automatically begin playing. You'll hear a brief introduction, explaining the technique, then be guided through how to practice it. When you're finished, Juva will generate a brief report showing you how well you were able to control your biomarkers.

Practicing these techniques regularly can help you condition your nervous system, relax your body, mind, and promote both short and long-term physical and psychological health.

When & How to Practice

Like any skill, the more that you practice the better you will become. This is also true for biofeedback and relaxation coaching. Practicing 20 minutes, every day yields the best results -- but we know this isn't always possible. Practicing for 10 to 20 minutes, every-other-day, four or more days per week is also sufficient. To put it simply: the more you're able to keep up your practice, the sooner you'll experience the benefits of biofeedback coaching.

Recommended Practice:

10-20 minutes,
4+ days per week

10-20 minutes,
4+ days per week

For Best Results:

20 minutes,
every day

Setting up Juva for Migraine

Tips for Success:

✔ Find a quiet, well-lit space, free from distractions
✔ Position the phone so the front camera faces you
✔ Make yourself as comfortable as possible

✔ Find a quiet, well-lit space, free from distractions
✔ Position the phone so the front camera faces you
✔ Make yourself as comfortable as possible

NOTE: Juva for Migraine is intended for migraine prevention, before an attack. We recommend learning the skills when you are not having a migraine attack. If your attacks occur frequently, try practicing when you are functioning well and able to focus.

NOTE: Juva for Migraine is intended for migraine prevention, before an attack. We recommend learning the skills when you are not having a migraine attack. If your attacks occur frequently, try practicing when you are functioning well and able to focus.

Personalizing Your Practice

Everyone has a different response to the exercises and you will undoubtedly prefer some techniques more than others. We recommend completing all of the seven exercises in Juva's Therapy Program to learn what's right for you. You can also talk to your doctor to get guidance on which therapies are best for you.

As you practice, feel free to close your eyes and do whatever you need to immerse yourself in the coaching. Using Juva for Migraine should never feel like a chore. Remember: it's an opportunity to take time for your body, mind, and improve your psychological and physical health.

 

Advanced Practice

After completing Juva's Biofeedback Coaching, you'll unlock the opportunity to do Daily Practice Sessions and Games.

Daily Practice Sessions are streamlined sessions to help you focus on the techniques you enjoy most. Juva offers a variety of daily practice session lengths, so you can fit biofeedback practice into your day, no matter what your schedule looks like.

Games are a fun way to test your skills. In these unguided sessions, you can apply the techniques you've learned to change different scenes and sounds with your body and mind. Slow your breathing to make a flower bloom. Relax your body and turn the sounds of a storm into a sunny day. See how well you're able to utilize the techniques and try and master them all.

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