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Migraine Headaches – Ways to Minimize Them

 

Migraine headaches are known to be triggered by multiple things, so not all cases are the same.  The most common triggers are hormone fluctuations, environmental irritants, alcohol, certain foods, food additives, medications, disruptions in sleep cycle, pregnancy, bruxism (teeth grinding at night) and stress.  Those who have a history of migraines in their family are at higher risk. Most migraine sufferers have a good idea of what triggers their migraines and are careful to avoid them, but for others the cause is not known.

As far as what generates the pain, it could be abnormal levels of serotonin, a chemical involved in pain transmission (serotonin levels drop sharply during attacks); abnormal activity of cranial nerves especially the trigeminal nerve; genetic factors, and possibly spasm of small blood vessels in the brain, reducing oxygen to brain cells.

Recommended Home-Use Products Covered in Today’s Issue:

 

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SleepGuard Biofeedback Device for Migraines

Grinding your teeth at night can over-fire sensory nerves in the TMJ and face, which could trigger migraines.   Signs of teeth grinding (besides your spouse telling you about it) include smooth surfaces of your molars, sore jaw muscles, and TMJ pain.

The SleepGuard Biofeedback device senses when you grind your teeth or clench your jaw and emits a gentle sound to get you to stop. It also measures how many times you grind your teeth at night and how long, so you can measure improvement.

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Home Food Allergy Test Kit

Migraines, as well as fatigue, weight gain, abdominal discomfort and skin rashes may be due to an underlying food allergy, unbeknownst to the sufferer. The Food Safe Allergy Test measures your sensitivity to certain foods from an antibody-mediated immune response. It requires a “finger stick” blood spot to be collected and shipped directly to a laboratory in a pre-paid envelope. All necessary components for the test are included in the kit, with a complete set of instructions for easy collection.

The Food Safe Allergy Test tests your immune response to 95 common foods: Fish, Dairy, Meat, Shellfish,Grains, Nuts, Vegetables, Fruit and Miscellaneous. If a food you eat regularly is identified as an allergen by the test, eliminate it from your diet and note any improvements in the way you feel.

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Recommended Lifestyle Modifications to Reduce Migraines

If you take any kind of medications, ask your doctor if headaches are a known side effect.  Is so, ask if you can reduce your dosage or try an alternative medication (as applicable).  If you are taking birth control pills that could be triggering your migraines, switch to an alternative form of contraception.

Since fumes, chemicals, and other pollutants or irritants are known to trigger migraines, try wearing an allergy mask or respirator when you are in an area where they are present.   See if it makes a difference.

Consider going green in your household. Use only non-toxic cleaning products and personal products (shampoos, makeup, soap, etc.). Maleluca is one of several companies that offer these products.

Use an infrared sauna once a week, as part of a whole body detoxification program. Infrared light penetrates deep into tissues, increasing circulation and oxygenation of cells. As you sweat, toxins are release from your body, which may be helpful in reducing your migraines.

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Two Person Far Infrared Sauna

Red light has long been known to have therapeutic effects on human cells; primarily increasing cellular ATP (energy) production and initiating signaling pathways for cell repair. Studies demonstrate that far infrared light enhances circulation in the skin, modulates sleep, eases pain, protects against oxidative stress, and relieves inflammation.  These properties can prove useful in reducing the frequency and/or severity of migraine attacks.

This sauna is a good investment in your health as it can help you recover from musculoskeletal injuries, reduce pain in bones and joints, and even help you sleep better.  It contains seven carbon fiber FIR heaters and is comprised of Canadian Hemlock wood, with no chemicals added.

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Personal Infrared Sauna

If you can’t afford a two person sauna, this is the next best thing. The infrared light and heat from this portable sauna penetrates deep into muscles. Infrared light enhances cellular energy production, thereby improving tissue healing and reducing inflammation.

Use infrared sauna therapy in conjunction with a detox diet for the prevention of migraines.  The heat will cause you to sweat out toxins through your skin, effectively cleansing your tissues.

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Oxygen therapy may help your migraines. Several studies evaluated normobaric oxygen therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy for treating migraines and cluster headaches. Normobaric therapy consists of patients inhaling pure oxygen at normal room pressure, and hyperbaric therapy involves patients breathing oxygen at higher pressure in a specially designed chamber.

Three studies reported a significant increase in the proportion of patients who had relief with hyperbaric oxygen compared to sham therapy. For cluster headaches, two studies found that a significantly greater proportion of patients had relief of their headaches after 15 minutes of normobaric therapy compared to sham therapy.  Source: Mercola.com

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Oxygen Bar

This device produces 30% enriched Oxygen. An oxygen pipe condenses steam and expels moisture from produced oxygen. Breathe in to increase free oxygen in your bloodstream while listening to relaxing music from a built-in player. Although not as potent as hyperbaric oxygen, some users report a boost in mental alertness and energy.

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95% Oxygen Cannister

This is a higher concentration of oxygen that may be helpful in reducing migraines. Make sure to discuss with your doctor before using, as some conditions such as cardiovascular diseases are contra-indicated.

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Other Tips to Defeat Migraine Headaches:

Use essential oils of Boswellia, Lavendar and Eucalptus. Rub some mineral oil on your skin, then just a few drops of the essential oils.

Avoid food colorings, MSG, artificial sweeteners, nitrates and nitrities, sulfur and other chemicals found in processed food. Stick to naturally occurring foods; wash vegetables and fruits thoroughly to remove pesticides and soil residue.

Unless exercise is a trigger of your migraines, do moderate exercise regularly; enough to increase your resting heart rate to 150% sustained. I recommend three times a day, about 45 minutes duration.  Exercise increases oxygenation to cells, enhances waste removal, strengthens your heart and produces endorphins, the feel good hormone; among other things.

Split your workout into three parts: (1) stretching and floor exercises like squats and push-ups; (2) light weight lifting using dumbbells, and (3) cardio– running, stairmaster, or treadmill.


BOTTOM LINE:  If you have migraines, detective work is needed.  Usually, some kind of external trigger is responsible.  It could be in something you eat, drink, breathe, touch, smell or even just looking at.  Identify those triggers, and avoid them as best as you can.   If yours is a case of toxin accumulation, infrared sauna therapy is an effective tool to rid your body of those toxins.

These are some of the products I recommend to my patients who complain of migraine headaches.  They are generally safe to use, but check with your doctor. ~Dr. Perez

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The information contained in this email and on www.PainandInjuryDoctor.com is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as a medical directive. It is provided as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dan Perez, D.C. Every person is unique, and individual cases of pain are therefore unique. Dr. Perez encourages readers of PainandInjuryDoctor.com to use available sources of information to help them make a more educated and informed decision regarding their health, in partnership with one or more qualified health care professionals.

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