Can Magnetic Therapy Really Relieve Migraine Headaches?
Magnetic therapy can relieve migraine headaches effectively and in the long run
even reduce the frequency of migraines. Discover which magnetic therapy devices
should be used and how they work to combat migraine headaches...
Virtually everybody has suffered from a headaches at one time in their life.
There are many causes for getting headaches. But what about migraines?
What is a Migraine?
A migraine is a type of headache that's often severe. Although any head pain can
be miserable, migraines are often disabling. In about 15 percent of cases, these
painful headaches are preceded by a sensory warning sign (aura), such as flashes
of light, blind spots or tingling in your arm or leg. Migraines are also often
accompanied by other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity
to light and sound. Migraine pain can be excruciating and may incapacitate you
for hours or even days. Fortunately, migraine pain management has improved
dramatically in the last decade.
What are the signs and symptoms of a migraine?
A typical migraine attack produces some or all of these signs and symptoms:
Moderate to severe pain 60 percent of migraine sufferers feel pain on only one
side of their head, while 40 percent experience pain on both sides
Head pain with a pulsating or throbbing quality
Pain that worsens with physical activity
Pain that hinders your regular daily activities
Nausea with or without vomiting
Sensitivity to light and sound
When left untreated, migraines typically last from four to 72 hours, but the
frequency with which they occur can vary from person to person. You may have
migraine headaches several times a month or just once or twice a year.
Not all migraines are the same. Eighty-five percent of people suffer from
migraines without auras, which were previously called common migraines. About 15
percent of adults have migraine headaches with auras, which were previously
called classic migraines. If you're in the second group, you'll likely have
auras about 15 to 30 minutes before your headache begins. They may continue
after your headache starts or even occur after your headache begins.
These may include:
Sparkling flashes of light
Dazzling zigzag lines in your field of vision
Slowly spreading blind spots in your vision
Tingling, pins-and-needles sensations in one arm or leg
Rarely, weakness or language and speech problems
Magnetic treatment of migraines and headaches.
Magnets are known to stimulate hormone production with in the body, it is this
action that makes magnets extremely effective in the prevention and treatment of
migraine headaches. When magnets are placed around the head the electromagnetic
pulses generated by the magnetic field will cause increased electric activity
with in the brain. This increases conductivity between neural pathways, which in
turn stimulates the areas of the brain that are responsible for hormone
production, namely the hormones serotonin and melatonin. Serotonin is the
hormone that controls mood, commonly associated with migraine, stress and
Melatonin is responsible for the internal body clock, it is associated with
insomnia, seasonal dysfunction disorder and migraine. Magnetic fields around the
head will gradually over a period of days increase the bodies levels of
serotonin and melatonin plus magnets are known to increase the blood levels of
endorphins which are known as happy hormones as they give a euphoric feeling,
they also are the bodies natural pain killers. The combination of the increase
of these 3 hormones will help prevent the onset of a migraine or if you already
have a migraine it will be less intense plus the duration of the migraine will
be greatly reduced.
Common treatments for migraines are:
1. A magnetic pillow pad. If a magnetic pillow pad is used on a daily basis (
placed inside your pillowcase, on top of your normal pillow) it can actually
reduce the incidence of migraines. As a the brain is exposed to a strong
magnetic field every night the brain will be stimulated daily to increase
production of serotonin ,melatonin and endorphins. The effect of this will be
that these hormone levels do not drop to abnormal levels which would usually
trigger a migraine.
2. A magnetic head band. This is a very basis and functional strap that is
placed around the head, much like a sweat band. It contains 800 Gauss/ 80 m
tesla magnets and is worn at the onset of a headache/migraine. The disadvantage
is that as you only wear when you have a headache it does not work to prevent
migraines occurring but it is effective at treating migraines once they have
commenced. Its main draw back is that it is not very attractive to wear any
many people would not like to use it in a public place. This will reduce its
effectiveness if your migraine/headache starts outside the home.
3. A magnetic eye mask. This has the same mechanism as the head band but is a
mask that covers the eyes. This is very soothing if you have a tension related
migraine or if you suffer from dizziness, flashing lights or spots obscuring
your vision during a migraine. People report that the eye mask is very effective
in the treatment of migraine pain plus in addition to wearing it at the onset
and during a migraine it can be worn every night during sleep and will have a
similar effect to that of the pillow pad. Long term use of magnetic devices can
completely eradicate hormonally induced migraines and dramatically reduce the
occurrence of migraine from other causes.
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