If you experience migraines on a regular basis but are not getting any relief from conventional treatments, then as well as visiting your GP for advice you may also want to consider some complementary treatments.
Though extensive research has not been undertaken to investigate the impact of massage upon headaches, a 2006 study found that massage therapy helped to reduce the number of headaches individuals were experiencing (though it is worth noting that massage did not reduce pain once the migraine had started).
- Relaxation Techniques
Stress is a known migraine trigger, so a good port of call is to tackle the stress itself. Try learning some relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and muscle relaxation – both of which could help to counteract the stress response in the body.
- Spinal Manipulation
Similarly to massage, not much research has been conducted on the subject of chiropractic techniques in migraine prevention, but one particular study that compared spinal manipulation with a well-established migraine treatment found both worked equally as well.
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Talking away your migraines may seem like a strange concept, but talk therapies such as CBT have been found to reduce the number of migraines some individuals experience.
- Herbal Remedies
Humans have been using herbs to treat ailments and illness for centuries, so it’s no surprise that many individuals still turn to traditional remedies for help should more modern methods fail. The herb feverfew may help at lessening pain, nausea and light sensitivity, whilst many migraine sufferers find that butterbar can help to reduce the number and frequency of migraines. If you do decide to try a herbal remedy, we always advise you to contact your GP beforehand to check it is safe to go ahead.
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