Many people think that migraines are no big deal. After all, they are just headaches. However, this is not the case at all, as any sufferer of migraines well knows. The pain that they cause can be debilitating and truly interfere with an individual’s ability to live his or her life. Additionally, there are many reasons not to take medications for migraines; some people simply do not find them effective, and others do not like putting artificial chemicals in their bodies. Fortunately, there are non-medication migraine treatments that people can try that have proven to be effective. The following is a list of a few of these.
The human body responds to pain with physical symptoms. Common physical changes that result from pain are cold hands, tense muscles, and a quickening of the heartbeat. Biofeedback involves sensors that measure these changes and then relay the information to you. You will receive the information in the form of a tone that you hear or a blinking light that you see. As part of biofeedback, you will learn how to perform relaxation techniques that can help control your physical condition. Studies have shown that this is often effective in reduction of frequency and intensity of migraine pain.
Research has suggested that taking certain nutrients in supplement form can help reduce the frequency (but likely not intensity) of migraines. Specifically, riboflavin, otherwise known as vitamin B2, works for this purpose sometimes. There is also Coenzyme Q-10 that is said to yield a smaller number of migraine headaches in children and adults, although it typically needs to be taken for many months in order to confer benefits. Though supplements may seem innocuous, it is important that you consult with your physician before taking one, so that you can be sure it will not react adversely with other medications or exacerbate other conditions.
Exercise has been shown to confer a variety benefits, and this is no exception. If you exercise regularly, to the point where you increase your heart rate, you could potentially decrease the frequency and severity of your migraines. In one Swedish study, exercise was compared with a drug that prevents migraines and relaxation. The cardio exercise routine involved 40 minutes of exercise to be done three times per week; it ended up working just as well as the drug and the relaxation in decreasing the pain and the frequency associated with these headaches.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese procedure involving the insertion of miniscule needles into specific points in the human body. It has been shown to alleviate different kinds of pain, and there are studies that suggest that it helps to ease migraine pain as well. Additionally, it is possible that this procedure will decrease the frequency of headaches. Acupuncture is typically most effective in conjunction with a traditional treatment.
These are just a few of the alternative treatments for migraines that have shown effectiveness. They are worth trying, as one or more may alleviate your pain.