The body is a holistic being. It needs to be nurtured and treated as a single entity rather than separate parts. As a naturopath, I am acutely aware of the ways in which imbalance in one part of the body can cause pain and discomfort in other seemingly unrelated body parts. I am currently studying to become a chiropractor and these links are becoming even more obvious to me. Over the years, family and friends who were initially sceptical about my medical advice have been amazed by the results when they combine alternative therapies with conventional medicine. I’m sure there are thousands of people out there who could benefit from a different approach to their health. I have started this blog to merely inform about the possibilities and allow readers to make up their own minds. Enjoy reading and best of health to you all!
Migraines can be debilitating and leave you unable to make plans or keep up with work commitments as they can strike at any time. Being confined to a dark room for a day or more at a time is no fun, but drugs used to treat migraines can cause side effects, such as rebound headaches and drowsiness, and they don't always completely relieve you from migraine attacks. More and more patients are looking for drug-free alternatives to treating chronic conditions such as migraines, so here's an overview of three treatments to consider if you want to avoid prescription medication:
Several herbs are said to be useful for treating migraines, but feverfew and butterbur have been well studied and shown to be effective. Feverfew contains an anti-inflammatory called parthenolide, which may work by constricting dilated blood vessels. It can be taken as a tea or in capsule form. Butterbur is available in capsule form and can also reduce inflammation. It is derived from a perennial shrub with the same name. The safety of herbs in pregnancy has not been studied, so they are best avoided if you are planning on becoming or are currently pregnant.
Research has shown that boosting your magnesium levels can curb the frequency of migraine attacks as migraine sufferers are often low in magnesium. It's not always clear why a migraine sufferer has too little magnesium, but possible causes include over-excretion of magnesium in urine, an inherited absorption problem or insufficient dietary intake over a long period of time. Supplements are usually required to boost your magnesium levels to within the normal range if you're deficient, and your neurologist can check your levels by testing your blood. They will then recommend what dosage of magnesium you should have each day and whether it should be delivered orally or intravenously. If you want to try increasing your magnesium levels though diet, eat more spinach, pumpkin seeds, black beans and quinoa.
Chiropractic treatment for migraines involves using manual manipulations to ease muscle tension and realign your spine. It is thought stress may be a key trigger for migraine sufferers, and this can impact on you physically and leave you with a tense neck, shoulders and spine, which can cause migraine attacks in some people. Chiropractic treatment has been shown to reduce the severity and frequency of migraines, and your chiropractor will use a series of focused movements such as thrusts and stretches to bring your body into alignment and reverse the effects of stress. There are no serious side effects associated with this treatment and it's safe for children and those who are pregnant.
Get in touch with a doctor from a clinic like Surfers Paradise Chiropractic Centre if you have specific questions about how chiropractic treatment can help you deal with the effects of stress.
These alternative treatments can be undertaken on their own or together. However, you should always get your doctor's approval before starting a new treatment as any pre-existing medical conditions you have or medications you take must be taken into consideration when assessing the suitability of any alternative treatment.