5 Ways to Treat Migraines Effectively
Over 1.5 billion people in the world suffer from chronic pain, one of the three most common being headaches and migraines. Because we see it so often, the practitioners at Acubalance have developed quite an impressive toolbox for managing the symptoms, getting to the root cause, and preventing the occurrence of migraines.
Acupuncture has been proven by the scientific community to be an effective treatment for pain disorders. The largest study ever conducted examining acupuncture as a pain management tool consisted of 454,920 people. Effectiveness in pain management was recorded in 76% of cases by the 8,727 treating physicians. A survey published in 2016 depicted 93% of patients who said their acupuncturist helped them with their musculoskeletal pain. Acupuncture works by activating a number of the body’s own opioids (feel good chemicals) in addition to improving the brain’s sensitivity to these opioids.
Magnesium is an important mineral for the prevention and treatment of migraines and headaches. Research has shown that many people with recurring headaches and migraines have suboptimal levels of magnesium in their body. Not only is regular oral supplementation of magnesium advised, but IV (intravenous) magnesium has been shown to prevent and treat acute, active migraines. At Acubalance we have IV therapy available every Friday, so those familiar symptoms of throbbing pain, sensitivity to light, and nausea can be a thing of the past.
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is an innovative and extremely effective tool for the treatment of migraines and headaches. Low level laser therapy (LLLT) has been shown to treat temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), sinus headaches, cluster headaches, tension headaches, migraines, and cervicogenic headaches. It does this by increasing local microcirculation, increasing the levels of serotonin in the blood (the body’s natural feel good chemical), releasing endogenous opioids (the body’s innate pain relieving system), and altering cholinesterase levels (the enzymes needed for proper functioning of the nervous system). One study concluded significant improvements in headache intensity, duration of attack, and median number of days of headache per month in 50 people with chronic tension headaches. Another study showed a 39% improvement in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis after two weeks of LLLT treatment, and a 46.34% improvement after four weeks!
Diet. It’s important to discover and eliminate any food sensitivities that can cause inflammation and trigger headaches. At Acubalance we offer food sensitivity testing that can get to the bottom of cellular-level inflammation that may be causing migraines, digestive upset, and a host of other physical and mental problems. Common migraine triggers include foods that contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), nitrites (common in processed meats such as hot dogs, salami, and bacon), sulfites (used as a preservative for many dried fruits), artificial sweeteners, nuts and beans, aged cheese and cultured dairy products, gluten, pickled or fermented food, and chocolate or carob.
And lastly, but definitely not least important, is stress reduction. Although it can definitely be one of the most difficult to implement into daily life, relieving stress is a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle. Any one of us at Acubalance can rattle off a list of stress relieving techniques we’ve encountered and found successful. Some top ones are regular exercise, yoga, meditation, self-hypnosis, avoiding fatigue and burnout by listening to the body, guided visualizations, naps, and other relaxation techniques.