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Alternative Headache Treatments

New Jersey Headache Institute - Thursday, September 11, 2014

Payman Sadeghi, MD

Try these Alternative Treatments for Your Headaches

If your headache usually has you reaching for the medicine cabinet, you are not alone. Over-the-counter medication is the number one choice of many Americans looking to ease that throbbing and often disabling pain

Over the counter remedies work for occasional headaches, but could actually do more harm than good in the long run. In fact, according to the American Headache Institute, frequent use of this medication could lead to an increase in headaches. It hardly seems fair, does it?

The good news is that there are many alternative remedies that you can try in order to alleviate your symptoms and live without headaches. Here are some options you can try the next time you get that familiar onset of symptoms.

1. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is becoming accepted by more and more people as a very effective means of alternative treatment. The process involves needles being inserted into certain points of the body. Don't worry! These needles are so fine you will barely feel them and the results can be astonishing.

This ancient Chinese treatment stimulates the body’s ability to overcome and resist illnesses whilst also correcting energy imbalances. If you are suffering from constant headaches, it could be that your"chi" needs a little care and attention.

2. Massage

You have probably tried this yourself at some point. It is natural when we have a headache to massage the temples or to rub the neck if it is tense. In fact, you have probably noticed that massage does bring some mild relief.

Massage is a great way to reduce tension and stress in the muscles which can, in turn, relieve a headache. That migraine you are experiencing might be culminating in head pain, but it could actually be caused by a deep knot in your back or tender muscles in your shoulders. A deep tissue massage carried out by a trained professional could be just the thing for relieving your symptoms.

Why not ask your masseuse to use some essential oils too?  Roman chamomile, lavender and clary sage are all great for relaxing muscles and they smell great too!

3. Yoga

Did you know that standing on your head could be great for your headache too? According to studies, yoga could help to relieve stress in not just the mind, but the body too. Yoga involves many different stretches, meditation techniques and exercises that will rejuvenate your body and soul and help you to live a calmer and more balanced life. You'll also become more flexible! Why not check out a local yoga class or speak to a yoga professional and learn some headache relieving postures?

4. Botox

Yes, Botox, favored by the rich and famous for kissing goodbye to wrinkles could help you kiss goodbye to headaches too. Botox has been known to reduce pain in a number of different situations, including neuropathic pain, lower back pain, cervical dystonia and myofascial pain.

Botox treatment for headaches is still an ongoing study and is only available for sufferers of chronic migraines at present. Our headache experts can tell you more about this treatment and whether it is the right choice for you.

Let Us Help You Find the Best Alternative Treatment for Your Headaches

If you are looking for a reliable and effective treatment for your headaches or migraine, our headache experts can give you a professional and thorough diagnosis.

Call our specialist headache management team today at 908.315.5707 or use our contact form to book a consultation. 

Dr. Payman Sadeghi is the co-founder of the New Jersey Headache 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.

 





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