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.
Examples of Naturopathic Care for Headaches, Migraines, and Concussions
There are many ways in which a Naturopathic Doctor can treat your health problems so each treatment plan is individualized to you.
Headaches, migraines, and post-concussion syndrome can all be impacted by inflammation. Naturopathic Doctors can help reduce inflammation by giving you dietary advice regarding foods that help to reduce inflammation, recommending supplements, and recommending botanicals. Supplements such as magnesium, fish oils, turmeric, and ginger.
It is also important to make any lifestyle changes that promote healing, particularly with concussions. Your Naturopathic Doctor can guide you along any lifestyle changes that you could make to promote healing.
For tension headaches that are primarily caused by musculoskeletal tightness, acupuncture and cupping therapy are both treatment options.
Another treatment that helps with general health and circulation is called hydrotherapy. This is a kind of therapy where you use changes in temperature to stimulate your circulatory system to dilate and then constrict in a cycle while you go from hot to cold. This is a process that can be done in the shower as well by changing the water temperature. For a vascular headache, putting your feet through this cycle of hot and cold water can help draw blood from the head to the feet.
For more information and to take a deeper look at what’s triggering your headaches or migraines, talk to your Naturopathic Doctor. You can book a complimentary 15 minute appointment with your naturopath to discuss your headache/migraine and other health issues to see if she can aid you!