Effective Migraine Remedies You Haven’t Tried

Rahul Sood, D.O.

Migraines are no laughing matter. The powerful headaches that bring about severe, throbbing pain can also spur nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to sound and light, and vision issues that last up to 72 hours.

If you struggle with migraine headaches and haven’t found standard pain medication sufficient, consider the following remedies. For additional support, contact a Metro Pain Centers office near you or request an appointment online.

Botox injections

You’ve probably heard that Botox, the injectable medication that temporarily paralyzes muscles, can make way for smoother, less wrinkled skin. But its benefits go beyond aesthetics. Botox can also treat various medical conditions, including chronic migraines and tension headaches.

If you experience headaches at least 15 days a month, your health care provider might recommend this treatment. If so, you receive injections every 12 weeks and could expect reduced frequency of your migraine symptoms within three weeks of your first treatment.

Sphenopalatine ganglion block

You already have sphenopalatine ganglion in your body — this bundle of nerve cells connects to the trigeminal nerve, which is the main nerve associated with migraines. Sphenopalatine ganglion block is a minimally invasive procedure in which your provider applies a topical anesthetic to the ganglion though your nose. This blocks pain signals, providing migraine relief.

Designed to reduce the severity and frequency of migraines, some people go for weeks without any symptoms post treatment. You can safely receive this treatment as often as needed. We often recommend sphenopalatine ganglion block when prescription medications aren’t effective or cause severe side effects.

Physical therapy

In some cases, physical therapy helps minimize migraine pain, as well as severe headache pain  brought on by accidents, concussions, or surgery to your head, face, or shoulders. Manual physical therapy can help improve the function of your neck and your overall posture.

Additionally, these attributes may keep migraines from getting worse due to additional factors such as frequent slouching or an injury. Physical therapy can also help alleviate tension headaches, which are commonly mistaken for migraines, and pain fueled by stress and anxiety.

Home and lifestyle remedies

In addition to medical treatments, lifestyle changes and simple steps you can take at home can help reduce migraine symptoms. Helpful examples include:

  • An ice pack on your forehead, scalp, or neck
  • Occasional caffeine intake
  • Exercise when you feel well enough
  • Magnesium-rich foods, such as green veggies, nuts, and whole grains
  • Improved sleep habits
  • A yoga routine

To learn more about your options for migraine relief, contact Metro Pain at your convenience. We’d love to help you find your way to less pain.

Rahul Sood, D.O.

Rahul Sood, D.O.

About Rahul Sood, D.O.

As a board-certified anesthesiologist and doctor of osteopathy, Rahul Sood, DO, is an integral part of the team at Metro Pain Centers. He is also a specialist in venous medicine with an extensive history and experience in treating lower extremity spider and varicose veins. He practices from the offices in Clifton, Middletown, Riverdale, Edison, and Jersey City, New Jersey; and Staten Island and Ardsley, New York.

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