Alternative Migraine Treatments

Alternative Migraine TreatmentsLet’s be honest, migraines suck.  Headaches are pretty horrible too, but no one really knows how bad a migraine is unless you have had one and then you treasure every single day you don’t have one.  The second you start feeling one coming on or you get those black spots in front of your eyes, all you can think is “Oh no, here we go again!”  With some migraines, they are worse than headaches, but pretty easy to get rid of, but sometimes you have those migraines that just don’t quit or worse – they happen at the most inopportune times.  If you don’t want to have to live with migraines or you don’t want to have to build your life around them, there are a few different treatments you can consider.  They range from Chiropractic Care to Alternative Medicine, to Eating certain foods, and more.  Be sure to continue reading below if you want to stop allowing migraines to rule your world. Continue reading “Alternative Migraine Treatments”

Alternative Uses for Botox

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Woman with a Migraine

Botox has long been used to improve facial features by removing wrinkles around the mouth, eyes and forehead. Botulinum toxin has been successfully used for more than 20 years now to help smooth out facial wrinkles. It is an injectible substance which is used by many cosmetic surgeons in New Jersey. By 2008 it was reported that almost one fourth of all cosmetic procedures performed used Botox which is a form of purified protein. Smoothing out the facial features is by far the most common cosmetic use for Botox, but over the last few years many other uses have been discovered.

Excessive Sweating

Between 2 and 3 percent of the population are affected by a condition called hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. When topical solutions fail to work, many turn to Botox injections to help bring some relief. Several Botox injections are given which will block the release of the chemicals which stimulate the sweat gland. Botox can help limit or even stop sweating for up to 4 months, but long term maintenance can be scheduled.

Dental Uses

This injectible filler can be used by medical professionals other than cosmetic surgeons. Dentists use Botox for treating an enlarged jaw muscle. The masseter is used for chewing and when it is overused by excessive gum chewing or clenching of the teeth, then it can become enlarged and can cause difficulty with eating. When Botox is injected into this muscle it causes it to atrophy so that it becomes smaller and comes back into alignment with the face which brings much relief to sufferers. Typically, a patient will experience relief for about 3 to 4 months before needing another treatment.

Migraine Headaches

The FDA recently approved the use of Botox in the treatment of chronic migraines. Migraines have traditionally been a very difficult condition to treat and can be accompanied by a wide variety of uncomfortable symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness or sensitivity to light. The truth is that physicians are not even quite sure how Botox works to relieve migraines, but they know that symptoms are relieved by its use. It is typically injected in seven areas around the forehead, temples, neck and shoulders.  The main theory that most physicians adhere to is that it somehow prevents the pain signals from reaching the sensitive nerve endings.

Muscle Spasms

The original use for Botox was to treat both uncontrollable blinking and crossed eyes. Botox worked to weaken the muscles which caused the spasms which made the eyes cross. One patient noticed that it was also reducing her wrinkles, so she requested that the physician continue administering it even though she no longer had the spasms or uncontrolled blinking. It has also been used to relieve other muscle spasms. It has specifically been used to treat the platysma bands, or vertical bands in the neck area. This area can experience very painful spasms which are very uncomfortable. The use of Botox and some physical therapy has yielded very positive results. Another muscle spasm that causes some individuals discomfort is the muscle contractions which affect the bladder. Overactive bladder is a condition which is caused by spasms in the urinary muscles. Just like many other procedures, Botox calms the affected muscles and causes the unwanted contractions to cease which brings the patient relief. Some have also found relief from the spasms associated with multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. This is because an injection of Botox causes the muscles to relax which allows the patient to have fewer contractions and spasms. Through Botox injections many patients have found relief from various discomforts that are caused by various types of spasms or muscle contractions.

 

Health Benefits of Massage

Woman getting Massage
Woman getting Massage

There have been several clinical studies of late which were attempting to connect various types of massage with health benefits. As the research continues to grow, many are now suggesting that getting a massage can have many different forms of benefits for our health. This is something the Western world is just discovering as the rest of the world has been practicing various forms of massage therapy for the last few thousand years. Even some health insurers are beginning to realize that massage is not just a form of therapy after an injury, but that it can be a form of preventative care. Here are just a few of the health benefits from getting a massage from a massage professional in Madison NJ.

Managing Anxiety and Depression

Most agree that many of the types of massage are simply relaxing, and although that is a benefit by itself, there are other health benefits that can be attained. By soothing anxiety and depression massages can help reduce the body’s level of cortisol, which is the stress hormone. This not only helps to lift the spirits, it can lower blood pressure in many cases. It has also been known to boost serotonin and dopamine which are neurotransmitters involved in depression. Experts agree that just a 10 minutes chair massage can help reduce blood pressure and slow down the heart rate. It can also help enhance your mental performance.

Give the Immune System a Boost

After a good workout some types of massages can help relieve sore muscles which also reduce inflammation and help the body recover quickly. But it goes far beyond just soothing aches and pains after an intense workout. Many studies have linked massage to boosting the immune system. Cortisol is considered a natural killer cell (NK) which works in the body on the front lines of the immune system to help keep the “bad” cells down. They kill viral cells, cancer cells and bacterial cells so it’s important to keep them up and working. In one particular study women who were in stages 1 and 2 breast cancer received 30 minute massages 3 to 5 times a week. By the end of the study not only were they experiencing lower hostility and depression but they also had increased levels of dopamine, NK cells, serotonin and lymphocytes. All of these suggest that their immune systems were much stronger. Another study included healthy adults who received Swedish massages. At the end of the test their blood work revealed a decrease in stress hormones and an increase in their white blood cells which would indicate that their immune system had been improved.

Improved Sleep Habits

There is no doubt that an individual’s sleep habits affect their overall health. Some studies now indicate that a massage can help to promote healthier sleep. The main reason is the effect a massage has on delta waves which are the brain waves associated with deep sleep. Anyone who has gone to sleep while on the massage table will most likely not argue with this benefit of getting a massage.

Reduce Pain Levels

Nearly 80% of the American population will experience severe back pain at some time. According to some studies, massage therapy can be beneficial in reducing it. Some experts have also indicated that a massage can help kick PMS symptoms including pain, bloating and even mood swings. In the same way that a massage can help alleviate muscle pain or back pain, many agree that a massage can help reduce the pain of headaches. Just a 30 minute massage can rid a person of a tension headache and regular massages can help reduce the number of migraines an individual suffers over a period of time.

Using Botox for Migraines

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Woman with migraine

Most people associate removing wrinkles with a Botox treatment, but recently it has been used in cases where individuals have experienced migraines. The question remains as to whether or not there is adequate evidence that would show a Botox treatment would provide any measure of relief for migraine sufferers. In July of 2010, the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) licensed Botox for treating chronic migraines. The FDA (Federal Drug Administration) approved the use of Botox for treatment of chronic migraine headaches. Continue reading “Using Botox for Migraines”