Effective Alternative Treatments for Headache Pain
While there are many excellent pain medications available to treat headache pain, not every type of headache, or every headache patient, will respond to them. Furthermore, some may want to avoid medication altogether for health or personal reasons. Pregnant women, for instance, are restricted in what they should consume. There are also the negative side effects that can result in some cases, like rebound headaches that are brought on by the overuse of pain medications.
For this reason it is advisable to look to forms forms of headache treatments as alternatives to pain medication or even as compliments to them. There are several alternative therapies. If your headache has been diagnosed and is not caused by some underlying serious condition, an alternative headache therapy may be a good option to help rid you of pain. Understand, however, that not all therapies touted as headache remedies have been studied or accepted by the medical community. At Miami Headache Institute we use a number of alternative treatments to fight headache pain and have had great success with them.
It’s a common reaction: you feel headache pain and you rub your forehead or apply pressure on your temples with your fingertips. This is, of course, a spontaneous form of massage. Some headaches are caused by tense muscles and can benefit greatly from a massage by a trained therapist. Aside from relaxing muscles, massage therapy encourages blood flow which aides in headache relief.
The ancient Chinese therapy of acupuncture involves inserting fine needles into different points on the body. An acupuncturist strives to restore the energy imbalances in the body which can lead to headache pain. Studies have shown that acupuncture can release pain reducing chemicals like endorphins and it may stimulate the brain to release other beneficial chemicals and hormones.
Botox (botulinum toxin type A) was approved for the treatment of facial spasms by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1989 and for cosmetic purposes in 2002. One of its unexpected uses is for the treatment of chronic headaches. Botox is injected into the muscles of the neck and head and a single treatment can provide headache relief for months.
Studies have shown that practicing yoga regularly can relieve stress as well as headache pain. Yoga involves meditation, stretching and exercises that rejuvenate the body and bring about calm and a feeling of wellbeing. Some particular yoga poses are excellent at relieving headache pain.
At Miami Headache Institute we offer a number of alternative headache treatments. Our approach to headache treatments includes traditional forms of care, but we always look to alternative therapies as viable options or compliments to traditional treatment. Call us today to learn what alternative headache treatments may be right for you.
Dr. Payman Sadeghi is the founder of the Miami Headache and Neurological Institute. He studied medicine at Nordestana University and finished his Internal Medicine internship and Neurology residency at the University of Texas. Dr. Sadeghi has completed an electromyography super fellowship as well as many epilepsy and neuroimaging fellowships. At his residency in Neurology at the University of Texas Medical Branch Dr. Sadeghi gained extensive experience diagnosing and treating headache and migraine patients. That residency, along with Dr. Sadeghi's medical curiosity and his varied clinical experience, has made him a specialist in headaches and their treatment.
Dr. Sadeghi was also a clinical assistant professor during his time at the University of Texas. He is a member of the American Headache Society, the National Headache Foundation and the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Sadeghi is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Persian.