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Cold therapy

  • By admin

    Welcome to the Cold therapy Forum

  • By Gregory Gauthier

    Hi Sally, I also find ice packs helpful wit out of control migraine..greg

  • By jbinsley77

    I have cluster and migraines. I found that during a migraine cold paks help. and at night I take one, wrap it up and place it on my neck and do my breathing excercises. ( I have perfected this- due to my other medical problems, I have endometriosis too and learned breathing to help with my pain) The cold therapy helps alot. I stay in pretty much constant pain with low grade skin sensitive on the back of my head even with botox lately after my 3rd round of shots- the only lasted 1 month this time.

  • By enigma

    I haven’t been terribly successful with meds. What I have found that works is getting undressed to my undies, and lying on my bed uncovered with a fan blowing on me, with an over-sized sleep mask and earplugs in place. When I get goose bumps, I pull a sheet over me and drift off to sleep. Usually I wake up after a couple of hours with the migraine much improved.

    My theory is that chilling my skin to goosebumps forces my circulatory system to redirect excess blood flow from my head to the surface of my skin throughout my body to warm it, thus reducing the circulatory traffic jam in my head. Whatever. It works.

  • By inquisitivespirit

    I’m wondering if leaving an icepack for a while on your head could have a bad impact. I use icepacks a lot but have heard that leaving them on for too long could be bad in the long run. Haven’t found anything to back that up though.

  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    The idea with cold therapy of any kind is that we want to create that cool feeling, but do not want to damage tissue. Not using a cold pack etc appropriately can result in cellular damage just as using heat inappropriately can be a problem and cause damage. Take care with all therapies and treatments for Migraine as too much of any good thing can be a bad thing. 🙂

  • By Jenny

    I also find that cold packs help me quite a bit!

  • By Janny

    I use this great product called the Cryoball for migraine relief. It is a 4-in in diameter aluminum ball that you keep in the freezer. When I am getting a migraine, I place it on a pillow and lay the back of my neck/head on it. I then move my head around to touch on the sore trigger points. It provides me with so much relief! Sometimes, I will put a cold washcloth over my eyes at the same time. The really nice thing about the cryoball is that it literally stays cold for hours! It’s so nice not to have to keep getting up to get a new cold ice pack when my head is killing me!

    I got mine online at There is actually a video on the site that shows how to use it for migraines (

  • By Katie M. Golden Moderator

    The cryoball sounds great. Personally, I keep golf balls in the freezer and use them in the same way. But they don’t stay cold very long. Thanks for the tip!

  • By mimi

    Chilly Vests, Chilly Scarves and Ice Packs have been in my S.O.S. kit each time I go out in the summer. I find that the chilly vest can help ward off a migraine attack and if I am getting an attack and start to overheat the ice packs help cool me off.

  • By Kerrie Smyres Moderator

    I’m with you! I discovered cooling vests last summer and am so grateful I did. I got one with ice packs since I live in Phoenix — it made a HUGE difference in my ability to deal with heat.

  • By riverleigh

    I live in the mountains. As soon as a migraine passes and I can safely see and think to drive, I take the mamma of all ice baths…I go to the river near my home…the water temp is about 45 degrees all summer long…I get in and immerse myself in that running, gurgling, splashing, mineralized water. It’s a wonderful feeling to just be numb all over for about 30 or 40 minutes. Nothing hurts, 🙂

  • By dMack

    Wondering if anyone has any experience using a cryotherapy device like the SootheAway System or Polar Care Kodiak Cold Therapy Unit? Looking for something that be more consistent and less messy than an ice pack.

  • By glassmind

    A cold pack on my neck makes my migraine worse from muscle tension. A cool rag on my forehead also makes it worse. Chilling my house to 74-76 degrees often reduces the head pain with migraine, but increases arthritic pain. I chill the house then put on super soft clothes and get under a blanket. Direct cold to my head worsens the pain, but cool ambient air helps the head pain. Of, course I also lose temperature regulation during a migraine and sometimes run a fever. So, I also over heat under the blankets. LOl. I just suffer essentially. I’ve tried hot and cold showers. Alternating hot and cold showers. Nothing offers more than minimal reduction of pain symptoms. Cool helps with nausea, though.

  • By Randy Sweeney

    Hi, I don’t have a migraine problem so can,t relate with you exactly but one of my close friend has this problem and few times I saw him in pain. So, after talking with many people I come to know about chiropractic treatment. It is best for headache and migraine related problems and cold therapy is one of the techniques of this treatment. For further details visit
    Chiropractic clinic Centreville, VA.