Drug-Free Solutions for Migraine Pain

If you suffer from migraines, you have a lot of company. Data shows nearly 40 million Americans have migraine headaches, and of those, more than 4 million have 15 or more migraine headaches every month. Migraines can cause a lot of symptoms, from throbbing and intense headaches to visual symptoms to nausea and vomiting. No matter what symptoms you suffer from, there’s no getting around it: Migraines are just plain unpleasant, and when they occur regularly, they can take a real toll on your health and your quality of life.

One of the major problems with migraines is that finding relief can be difficult. Oral pain relievers may provide some degree of relief, but if you suffer from frequent migraines, you can wind up taking a lot of medicine, putting yourself at risk for some serious side effects. At Physical Medicine & Wellness of Northern Kentucky, we know how debilitating migraines can be, and we also know how difficult they can be to treat. Our team helps men and women conquer their migraine symptoms and even prevent migraines from occurring using specialized techniques that don’t rely on drugs, so you can get the relief you need without the potential for harmful side effects.

Drug-free treatment for migraines

Your headache treatment will depend a lot on your symptoms and your medical history. Treatment often consists of several options used together to attain optimal pain relief. Some of those options can include:

Chiropractic care

Chiropractic care uses hands-on techniques to help readjust your spine and optimize the nerve pathways that travel from your brain to every other area of your body. When these pathways are blocked by muscle tension, “slipped” discs, or other issues, nerve signaling is interrupted, and you can wind up experiencing migraines and other painful symptoms. During chiropractic adjustment, the doctor uses special techniques to realign your spine and decrease nerve compression so nerve signaling is normalized.

Massage therapy

Most of us know massage is good for relieving tension, but there are lots of other benefits as well. Massage can help “break up” muscle knots or trigger points, tender, tight muscle tissue that can be a major cause of headaches. Plus, massage can help stimulate circulation, which in turn can promote healing responses and help reduce inflammation that can contribute to headaches and other medical problems. Many people with migraines find the relaxing benefits of massage help relieve pain and other symptoms associated with chronic headaches.

Electrical stimulation

Electrical stimulation uses gentle pulses of electrical energy to gently flex and relax muscle tissue, reducing tension and promoting circulation so irritation and inflammation are relieved. In fact, a recent report published in the Journal of Headache and Pain found electrical stimulation resulted in a “significant reduction” in the number of headache days in the migraine sufferers they studied. Researchers think electrical stimulation may work in part by disrupting abnormal nerve signals that trigger chronic headache pain. Plus, regular therapy with electrical stimulation can help prevent chronic muscle tension that can lead to migraines and tension headaches, along with chronic neck pain.

Physical rehabilitation

Lots of people think physical rehabilitation is just for those who’ve had surgery or suffered a physical injury. But actually, the techniques used in rehab, including therapeutic exercise and stretching, can be very helpful in both relieving tension in the neck and shoulders and in promoting circulation and natural healing. One of the benefits of physical therapy is that it can be easily customized to suit the symptoms of the individual patient, and therapy can be adjusted over time as those symptoms change. Therapy can be used alone, but for migraine treatment, it’s often combined with other treatments to help attain optimal symptom relief.

Get relief for your migraine pain

Today, there are many treatment options to help relieve migraine pain and even help prevent headaches from occurring. If you suffer from migraines, we can help you find relief for your symptoms — and we can do it without relying on potentially harmful drugs. To learn more about migraine treatment options at Physical Medicine & Wellness of Northern Kentucky and how our team can help you relieve your migraine symptoms, book an appointment online today.

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