NATURAL MIGRAINE TREATMENTS
PLANO MIGRAINE DOCTOR
The Migraine Institute offers a variety of natural treatments to help manage chronic migraines. Call us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.
WHAT ARE NATURAL TREATMENTS FOR MIGRAINES AND SEVERE HEADACHES?
Medications are not the only way for chronic migraine sufferers to find relief from their condition. Alternative options, like natural external and internal treatments for the body, remain available and are sometimes equally as powerful as prescription or over-the-counter medication. For patients who see better results from natural treatments, migraine doctors may recommend using alternative remedies instead of prescription medications.
Natural, physical chronic migraine treatments include acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic adjustments and biofeedback. Acupuncture can relieve pain by inserting needles into certain points in the body, releasing opioids, like endorphins, to relieve pain. Massages facilitate the flow of oxygen and blood to reduce pain by maintaining adequate blood flow and relaxing muscles. Chiropractic adjustments are found to help migraines through spinal manipulation, especially aiding those that begin in the neck. Biofeedback involves attaching sensors to one’s body that connect to a machine. Numbers displayed by the machine reflect conditions like heart rate, blood pressure and skin temperature of which the sensors monitor. The practice means to allow the patient to recognize the body’s current feeling of stress and work to lessen the stress through mental and physical lifestyle practices. The technique of moving blood away from the head can reduce pain by placing feet in hot water while applying ice to the back of the neck.
Natural supplements taken by mouth like vitamin B6, 5-HTP and magnesium citrate can help with migraine pain relief as well. Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, can be taken as a supplement or found in some foods. In a study using vitamin B2, more than half of the participants experienced an elimination of at least half of their usual migraine occurrences. Magnesium not only helps in the reduction of migraines but also the prevention of them all together. Magnesium must be taken as a supplement because the human body does not produce it. The mineral calms nerves and muscles, lessening the risk of tension-triggered migraines. The use of some herbs can stimulate healing from migraines as well. Feverfew, a plant relative of the daisy, can lessen the occurrence, length and severity of migraines, especially when paired with white willow bark. The herb reduces inflammation in the brain, spurring dilation in blood vessels to reduce the pain. Feverfew can also help with nausea. Essential oils, like peppermint, lavender and ginger, can bring relaxation to the body, easing tension and keeping tension-triggered migraines at bay.
Practicing healthful habits, like avoiding foods known to cause migraines and engaging in exercise and mind practices to keep stress levels low, remain perhaps the easiest and cheapest ways to reduce the severity and frequency of migraine pain. Foods like chocolate, cheese and red wine can increase the risk of migraines. For patients who observe a correlation between migraines and certain foods should take care to avoid them. As for physical activity, a study by researchers at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden found exercise was equally as effective as the migraine medication topiramate. Exercise can reduce stress which can act as a stimulant of migraines in many sufferers. Also, physical activity releases endorphins which can provide some pain relief. The Migraine Institute provides migraine help through natural treatments to patients in the Dallas, Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Allen and Carrollton areas. Visit Dr. Gabriel Rodriguez, migraine pain management specialist, and his staff today to learn more about natural migraine treatments and their benefits.