Research on Headaches and Migraines
January 1st, 2015
Chiropractic Care for Headaches and Migraines
Similar very positive findings can be said about the effectiveness of massage therapy in treating headaches and migraines as well. In one study, the massage therapy group (30 minute treatment, 2x/week for 5 weeks, focusing on the neck musculature) had statistically significant improvement in pain (71% reduction) compared to the control group (no treatment). Another
study from New Zealand was conducted over 13 weeks – a 4 week baseline period, 6 weeks of treatment and 3 weeks of follow-up. Migraine frequency was reduced in the massage group (45 minute treatment, 1x/week for 6 weeks, focusing on neuromuscular and trigger point areas of the back, neck and shoulders) after treatment (by 34%) and at follow-up (by 30%) compared to the control group (kept a headache diary – values were 7% and 2% respectively). Interestingly, intensity of migraine attacks remained unchanged in both groups and sleep quality was improved in the massage group. Massage participants exhibited greater improvements in migraine frequency and sleep quality during the intervention weeks and the 3 follow-up weeks. During sessions, massage induced decreases in anxiety, heart rate, and cortisol. If you experience headaches and migraines, book with one of our Registered Massage Therapists today!
Naturopathic Perspectives in Treating Headaches and Migraines
Naturopathic Doctors recognize that headaches and migraines are the result of other disturbances within the body; hence treatments with pain-relief medications often just act to suppress a much deeper, underlying trigger. Naturopathic care aims to treat this underlying trigger. Changes in circulation and the micro-vessels of the cranium can lead to swelling or vasodilation of these blood vessels and an increase in pressure. This can be triggered through tension (psychological or muscular), histamine release (through allergenic triggers including food or environmental sensitivities) and increases in inflammation or platelet clumping. For more information and to take a deeper look at what’s triggering your headaches or migraines, talk to Dr. Kathy Van Zeyl, our Naturopathic Doctor.
During the month of January, if you know of someone who experiences headaches and migraines feel free to invite them to Back to Health Wellness Centre for a complimentary foot scan and biomechanical assessment.