Migraine and Cluster Headaches


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How our therapies and services can support you


A variety of different therapies can help reduce the effect that Migraine/Cluster Headaches has on your body and your life. Self-care strategies emphasis is on minimizing symptoms and improving general health. No one treatment works for all symptoms but trying a variety of treatment strategies can have a cumulative effect

Oxygen Therapy


 This is an effective, and safe means of treating and managing the various symptoms of Migraine, particularly pain, fatigue and ‘brain fog’. Oxygen Therapy is based on a dramatic increase in the amount of dissolved oxygen carried by the blood which enables oxygenation of ischemic areas with compromised circulation.

It also activates oxidant-antioxidant system, stimulates angio- and neurogenesis, modulates inflammatory response, induces brain neuroplasticity and possesses analgesic effect. Oxygen therapy involves a 20-session initial protocol, consecutive sessions, then weekly sessions to help you manage your symptoms.  


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Complementary Therapies


Complementary approaches used together with conventional medicine are generally accepted as improving overall physical and mental wellbeing.


Acupuncture


Provided by our physiotherapy team can reduce many types of chronic pain, so it's not surprising that many people with Migraine/Cluster Headaches are interested in trying it.  

Acupuncture works with the nervous system in the body to regenerate cells and promote healing. The use of specific acupuncture points can create a closed circuit between the point and the neurologic control centre in the brain.

By giving the body and brain the necessary tools, the two can work in conjunction to heal the body. From a scientific perspective, acupuncture shifts and moves energy, while stimulating blood flow and increasing cellular level oxygen.


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Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR)


This is a hands-on treatment performed on the skin with no oils or creams. By following the unique lines of tension in each person’s body, the MFR therapist can reach deeply into the tissues and uncover significant restrictions.  

If you're having trouble finding relief for your pain, it may be worth trying MFR.


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Aromatherapy Massage


 In addition to medical treatments, complementary and supportive therapies are commonly used to cope with pain during a migraine attack. In recent years, aromatherapy through massage has become more common to reduce the severity of pain, make people painless and improve the quality of life.

Aromatherapy applications are the application of pain relief oil mixtures through massage. Lavender and peppermint essential oils are mostly used in aromatherapy applications to reduce pain.


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More Information


A combination of treatments may be necessary to control your symptoms. If you're having trouble finding relief for your symptoms, it may be worth trying complementary therapies. But if your symptoms don't begin to improve within a few weeks, it may not be the right treatment for you.

 

Further and more detailed sources of information:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/migraine
migrainetrust.org
nationalmigrainecentre.org.uk

National Headache Foundation: https://headaches.org/2008/09/15/oxygen-therapy-may-alleviate-cluster-and-migraine-pain/

 

 Further useful information sources

Acupuncture and headaches: https://www.bmj.com/company/newsroom/acupuncture-can-reduce-migraine-headaches/

Massage/MFR: https://www.amtamassage.org/publications/massage-therapy-journal/tackling-migraines-head-on/

Food and Migraine: https://www.nationalmigrainecentre.org.uk/migraine-and-headaches/migraine-and-headache-factsheets/food-and-migraine/

Natural Remedies and Migraine: https://www.nationalmigrainecentre.org.uk/migraine-and-headaches/migraine-and-headache-factsheets/natural-remedies-for-migraine-should-i-try-them/

 

Disclaimer: The information provided on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.