According to the National Headache and Migraine Association, migraine is the 7th leading cause of disability worldwide. The list of drugs prescribed by conventional physicians to treat these debilitating attacks is long and menacing, with Botox as a recent addition for chronic sufferers. But you have much better choices to minimize and eliminate migraines and make life enjoyable again.
You may already know about important lifestyle changes that can help you sidestep migraine triggers, such as identifying food allergies, adding a nutritional and herbal supplement regimen, regulating sleep, and incorporating stress-reducing exercise into your weekly routine.
But at Whitaker Wellness, patients have found that adding some or all of the following natural therapies can also assist in the fight against migraines:
- Acupuncture. An ancient Chinese medicine therapy, acupuncture is backed by a large body of scientific research. It restores the normal flow of Qi (pronounced “chee”), the energy or life force that flows through the body. The World Health Organization (WHO) lists migraines as one of more than 40 conditions for which acupuncture may be useful. And according to studies, acupuncture is consistently more effective in reducing symptoms compared to drugs or placebo treatments.
- Massage. No longer considered a luxury, massage is now recognized as a powerful therapeutic tool. As researchers continue to study the effectiveness of massage therapy for migraines, it’s well known that massage therapy aids in releasing pain and decreasing anxiety, tension, and stress—which can help tame the severity and frequency of migraines.
- Neurofeedback. A therapy focused on the brain, neurofeedback trains the functions of your central nervous system, which is where migraines occur. Neurofeedback therapy starts with a “mapping” of the electrical activity in your brain and identifies patterns, assessed by an expert technician who prescribes a personalized treatment protocol. Decades of clinical studies have shown this therapy to be an effective treatment for numerous cognitive, emotional, and neurological conditions. And because patients are learning on a subconscious level, improvements endure long after the treatment course is completed.
- Bioidentical hormones for women. During menstruation, hormone levels fluctuate substantially and the rapid decrease of estrogen and progesterone levels can trigger migraines. Commonly prescribed for women going through menopause, bioidentical hormone therapy uses the same hormones that are produced in the human body to restore your hormone levels.
While the physiological effects of a migraine are painful for all who experience them, migraine triggers and effective treatments vary for each patient. That’s why I recommend keeping a journal of what works for you.