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ABCs of Holistic Migraine Pain Prevention and Treatment


Holistic migraine pain prevention and treatment is not a new approach but one that is gaining more followers as side effects of medications become more fully known.

Even as they have always been notated on the drug inserts, it is not until recently that the severity of some such side effects have become part of the media reporting associated with the overall use of pharmaceuticals.

There are a number of holistic tools that may be currently used by those seeking to prevent or treat their migraine pain in a more natural manner, but the best way to remember them is with the ABC of holistic migraine pain prevention and treatment.

* A stands for acupuncture. The therapeutic acupuncture needles have been in used for thousands of years, but migraine sufferers can now benefit from their healing powers as well. Known to affect the free flowing bodily energy, the acupuncture needles open up constricted blood vessels and other areas of the body that seem to be stopping the free flowing energy. There has been a marked success for migraine sufferers who receive acupuncture treatments when they feel the onset of an episode, but in some cases acupuncture during the actual migraine attack can also serve to shorten its duration.

* B refers to biofeedback. Biofeedback is not a new discipline, and in the past it was primarily a tool used for curbing stress and associated disorders. As such, biofeedback is utilized now most heavily to help a patient become fully aware of unhealthy habits or adverse physical reactions to external influences. Stress, for example, may cause some to grind their teeth or clench their muscles. With the help of biofeedback, the patient will become aware of these habits and when stress occurs, she or he will consciously work at relaxing clenched muscles and keeping the mouth calm. Since stress is a major trigger for migraine pain, the use of biofeedback will alert the patient to a situation that may eventually turn into a stress induced migraine, thus heading it off at the beginning.

* C denotes the use of vitamin C.  Citrus fruits and even basic supplementation with this vitamin is thought to increase the bodily excretion of certain hormones that actually fight the pain of migraines. In some cases, they may actually neutralize the trigger effect of certain bodily disharmonies.

Although the ABC of holistic migraine pain prevention and treatment is entirely natural and healthy, it is a good idea to discuss any of these steps with a doctor prior to attempting them. After all, there may be some compelling medical reasons why a patient should refrain from acupuncture, biofeedback, or vitamin C supplementation.

At the same time, it is imperative to remember that all of these holistic means may need to be used in harmony with one another, and any one on a stand alone basis may not offer up the pain relief that is hoped for. Perhaps the best course of action in this respect is an appointment with an osteopathic professional who combines the whole body approach to a patient’s migraine suffering, prevention and treatment.

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