Headaches are so common, and millions around the world suffer from different types of headaches. Almost everyone has experienced some kind of headache in their lives. About 21 percent of population has experienced recurring headaches that may end in debilitating pain. Sometimes this pain is generalized but often it’s centered on a specific area of one’s head which is often indicative of the type of headache the individual is experiencing.
In fact, some of the most common recurring headaches include tension headaches and migraines. The treatment of headache is based on the cause and symptoms. With ongoing research, new pain relieving treatments and techniques are being developed and some of them hold promise for migraine sufferers.
This is actually a method to retrain brain to react to painful stimuli. In a session, you will be able to observe your vital signs and brain activity as your headache occurs. These useful tools help you visualize the effects of stress on your bodies and you will learn more about relaxation techniques that can help you control the triggers that lead to these headaches. You will work directly with a specialist for this process.
Acupuncture originated in ancient China and is performed by trained practitioners who insert tine needles at specific body meridians which the body’s natural energy flow known as qi. This is a cost effective and low risk treatment for all those who are looking to somehow reduce their dependence on medications.
This is a technique to disrupt or inhibit the pain signals that are communicated by the nerves to the brain. Impluses to nerves can help lessen the signals and help relieve some pain. Many patients may experience headache relief from deep brain stimulation where tiny electrodes are implanted directly into the brain which overrides natural inclination of body to transmit pain to the brain. This treatment has been very successful in treating tension and cluster headaches. In fact, there have been observable relationships between these type of pain signals and quality of sleep. Neuromodulation is still being studies and will need additional testing before it’s recommended as a standard treatment for handling certain types of headaches.
If you’re interested in a non-invasive option, transcranial stimulation has many similarities to neuromodulation. Electrodes (on a cap) are applied to the head which stimulates the right nerves through the skull. TENS, one form of this treatment, is already being used to handle many pain conditions. There are no side effects of this treatment and it has proved its efficacy for migraine and cluster headaches.
Mostly, tension is the biggest reason for many types of headaches, and numerous patients have reported success with massage therapy. Since tensions are caused by minor or major life events the head pain may come and go frequently, and sometimes at most inconvenient times. In fact, many doctors now recommend massage therapy with an experienced licensed practitioner to get some migraine pain relief.
If you’re suffering from cluster headache pain, it can be bit tricky to diagnose and treat. In some cases, inhaled triptans can ensure some relief. However, they will work when used only against a specific headache pain and not considered as a cure. There are no side effects of this treatment, but it will not stop headaches from reoccurring. It can definitely help restore normalcy when your life is disrupted by headache pain.
Many people suffer from debilitating chronic migraines and the only solution available to them is invasive. Radiofrequency ablation seems to be the least invasive ones and offers some relief. In this procedure, a fine needle like object is inserted right at the back of the neck near nerves of the upper spine. This probe then uses radio frequency waves to create electric current that heats up the nerve endings. This approach incapacitates the nerves so they are no longer in position to transmit incorrect pain data to the brain. This appears to be a permanent solution for chronic migraine pain.
Once you start practicing yoga, you will be amazed to find how your migraine headaches have reduced with time. Numerous medical studies have clearly shown that patients who practice yoga will experience reduction in pain as compared to those who were not enrolled in any yoga therapy. However, there is no authoritative study on the best yoga asanas to reduce migraine pain. All published studies conclude that combination of flow sequences of physical postures (asanas) and mindful breathing (pranayama) are what can alter brain’s response to stress and create some reduction in pain.
Advancements in functional neuroimaging of brain clearly shows functional and structural changes in the brain with meditation. All those who practice regular meditation have a much higher pain threshold. One pilot study carried out in 2007 indicated that mindfulness medication can reduce duration as well as disability caused by migraine headaches.
All these treatments are affordable and one of these will definitely help you get some relief from your migraine pain.