Complementary Treatments to Migraine: Part 2
In Part 1 of this series, we explored the option of essential oils for managing migraines. But we know that’s just scratching the surface in terms of complementary treatments. Let’s keep digging in, shall we?
Acupuncture and acupressure
From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, much of our health is determined by our body's ability to freely circulate energy - or chi as it's known in TCM. This energy is believed to run along our meridians - a network throughout our whole body. (This isn't stuff that you can test on any diagnostic test like an MRI, CT scan or even bloodwork, so it may rightfully have its fair share of skeptics.)
If there is a blockage of this energetic flow throughout the body, they will use either tiny needles or pressure on the meridian points. This is designed to release the blockage and allow the energy to flow with ease.
I can speak from first-hand experience, I have felt significant changes in my body - mentally, physically, and emotionally from acupuncture. (I’ve experienced benefits from both acupuncture and acupressure I’ve just experienced acupuncture more regularly.) It has helped everything from reducing migraines and getting my menstrual cycle on track to reducing anxious feelings and healing a knee injury. It can be a little expensive but check with your local acupuncturist to see if any offer community acupuncture or a sliding scale to make it more affordable.
This is the new kid on the block in terms of treatments that I’ve tried but it’s been studied and practiced for decades. It’s also the one that I have found to be most accepted in mainstream medicine - and insurance. According to Medical News Today, “Craniosacral therapy is an alternative treatment typically used by osteopaths, chiropractors, and massage therapists. It claims to use a gentle touch to manipulate the joints in the cranium or skull, parts of the pelvis, and the spine to treat disease."1
I’ll admit when I first started craniosacral therapy, I thought there wasn’t much to it. During the treatment, it almost feels as though the practitioner isn’t doing anything on you. But afterward, I noticed an undeniable difference in my quality of sleep, digestive system, and overall pain in the body. Because it works directly with the cranium (your noggin!) many people have found great relief for headaches and migraines.
I was fortunate enough to find a physical therapist trained in it so it’s covered through insurance on a physical therapy visit. However, there are many other practitioners you can seek the treatment out through. In my opinion, it’s worth a try, especially if you’re not getting the results you want from other options.
Have you tried alternative therapies? What has your experience been? Post below so we can learn from your experience too!
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