Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Migraines
How to treat migraines without medication?
When the excruciating migraine pain strikes, all that the migraine sufferers want is immediate and fast pain relief. Visiting the doctor or physician can take some time as it requires traveling and waiting time. It is even worse if the migraine attack occurs early in the morning or late in the evening which are before and after office hours and there is no way to seek pain relief from the doctors. So what can be done for the migraine headache pain before seeing the doctor or between physician visits?
Unfortunately if the migraine is left untreated, it can escalate and ultimately turn into a crisis. Sometimes, the pain is really unbearable and the additional medical processes that accompany the migraine pain such as fatigue, stomach upset, confusion, malaise and sometimes even more serious issues such as stroke or altered level of consciousness, can make the whole situation become rather problematic.
Many migraine sufferers have already learned to their dismay that paying a visit to the emergency room is not even satisfactory as the loud noise, the bright lights and the scorn with which they are often greeted only make their headache pain a lot worse.
It is also extremely impractical to visit the doctor’s office each time a migraine starts. The expense can be very significant covering not only money, but also time away from home or work and any waiting time needed for medical office intervention. Hence it is impractical to depend on the physician for migraine pain management or at least for the daily pain management of migraine headache.
Complementary migraine pain management approaches
For those who prefer to adopt a more active approach in managing their migraine headache pain, exploring other complementary and alternative treatments, which are not related to prescription medications, can be beneficial.
There are a variety of alternative treatments available to provide a wider selection of tools that may help combat migraine headache pain. There are various interventions for migraine pain treatment such as:
- manual medicine
- magnet therapies
- relaxation therapies
- mechanical and adaptive devices
- some alternative medical systems
Since the therapeutic intervention of biofeedback is extremely crucial in treating headache disorders, this well-respected non-medication approach for migraine pain management will also be covered. You will learn how biofeedback relates not only to improved relaxation, but also to the treatment of headache pain.
It is advisable not to utilize any single treatment option exclusively and any chosen treatment approaches should not be undertaken without the supervision of a skilled physician. All medical care, whether alternative or traditional, must be coordinated with the full understanding of your primary treating physician.
Even though complementary and alternative medicine has existed for thousands of years, it has only been approved recently by the American Medical Association as well as the National Institute of Health. In fact almost every culture includes an understanding and concept of ritual, prayer and dependence upon what mother nature provides in the treatment of all types of ailments.
The department of complementary and alternative medicine, under the supervision of the National Institute of Health, is one of the fastest growing divisions in traditional medicine today. A blending of complementary and traditional medicine is clearly the ideal approach to the overall treatment of migraine sufferers.
- Relaxation therapies
- Progressive relaxation techniques
- Guided imagery relaxation techniques
- Tai Chi
- Therapeutic Massages
- Chiropractic care
- Pressure point massage
- Magnetic Therapy