Migraines affect about 25 million people in the United States each year, causing intense, throbbing pain, along with nausea, sensitivity to light and noise, and visual symptoms like flashing lights. Caused by changing blood flow in the brain, migraines can also have a genetic component and affect more women than men, with about 75% of sufferers being female. While many people resort to medication to combat migraines, some of the most effective treatments are non-invasive physical medicine therapies.
- Massage therapy helps relax over-stressed muscles. This can be extremely beneficial to migraine sufferers, especially when the treatment is focused on the upper cervical area muscles. Massage therapists can also teach relaxation techniques to help patients prevent migraines and headaches.
- Chiropractic adjustment can be beneficial in alleviating migraines by realigning the spine. Particularly by focusing on the cervical region of the spine, chiropractors are able to provide significant reduction in the frequency and intensity of migraines, often eliminating the need for medication even for those who had previously depended on it for relief. When the neck and spine are in alignment, and the soft tissues around these structures are relaxed and in good condition, headaches are less likely to occur.
- Acupuncture is an ancient therapy, and its efficacy in alleviating pain and illness is well known. Recent studies have affirmed that acupuncture can be effective in treating migraines, if someone experienced in the practice does it properly. While acupuncture can sometimes relieve the pain of a migraine in progress, it’s typically more effective as a preventive measure.
- Physical therapy is another important resource for relieving headaches. Focusing on the muscles of the upper body, including the face, neck, and upper back, physical therapists can help patients to adjust posture and improve flexibility in order to alleviate headache pain.
- Trigger point therapy is often used for tension headaches. Trigger points are tight spots in muscles, often felt as knots, which can be alleviated through injections directly into the afflicted spot. This type of therapy can also be useful for migraines, though typically migraines require a combination of trigger point therapy and other treatments.
- Nutritional counseling can help patients improve their diets and decrease the occurrence of headaches. Migraines are often caused by dietary triggers, and allergy or food sensitivity tests can help patients determine how to avoid foods that cause headaches and migraines. Once a patient knows what to avoid, a nutritional counselor can help create meal plans that are delicious and healthy, while taking into account these dietary restrictions.
If you’re experiencing the pain of migraine headaches, there’s no need to suffer in silence. The medical professionals at our clinic have many tools at their disposal, and can employ non-invasive, holistic healing practices to help alleviate headaches and migraines. The initial consultation is free, so call today and find out how physical medicine care can work for you.