Throbbing: rhythm of the brain

Throbbing rhythm of the brain

With a migraine the word Throbbing is definitely a word that is commonly used. And more. But there is throbbing. It feels like our brain is pulsing with our hearts. Like every blood vessel in our brains is throbbing in pain.

But apparently, Throbbing pain has nothing to do with blood flow. And everything to do with the brain.

Throbbing pain is actually connected to the pulsing rhythms of Alpha brain waves. That is right, we are throbbing to the rhythm of our brain.

What they looked at in the research was a patient who had throbbing sensations after her chronic migraine headache was aborted. They found her feelings of the throbbing and her arterial pulse were completely not connected. So we are Not throbbing to the rhythm of our heartbeat like we might sense.

They used an electroencephalogram (and no, I have no clue what that is) and found that the throbbing was actually linked to brain activity, in particular, alpha waves.

“We understand very little about alpha waves, but they appear to have an important role in attention and how we experience the world,” Ahn said. “In addition, by analogy to how a radio works, alpha waves may also act as a carrier signal that allows different parts of the brain to communicate with itself.”

Scientists still aren’t sure how just alpha waves cause throbbing pain. But the current research suggests that the experience of throbbing pain is tied to how the brain works and not to the pulsations of blood at the location of pain. PsychCentral

Intriguing. One study doesn’t make fact, but if true then it makes you realize how little we understand some pain, doesn’t it?

 

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