Alternative Treatments for Migraines

Alternative Treatments for Migraines: How Does PEMF Stack Up?

  • July 23, 2017 /

If you’re like most people who suffer from migraines, you’re constantly on the lookout for a reliable migraine treatment.

While more options have come onto the market in recent years, they don’t work for everyone. Even worse, sometimes migraine medication doesn’t help.

Finding an alternative migraine treatment can be even more difficult for people who would rather not take medication. Alternative treatments for migraines are few and far between.

However, there is one new treatment that looks promising for migraine sufferers. And we are excited to share it with you at Valhalla Wellness. It’s called PEMF, or pulsed electromagnetic field therapy.

What is PEMF and How Does It Differ From TENS?

PEMF has been used extensively in other countries. It’s only been allowed in the U.S. since 2004, and even since then, it’s been used primarily as a supplement to cervical fusion surgery. It was used to electrically stimulate the spine on patients who had a higher than normal risk of non-fusion.

In 2015, the FDA re-classified the device so that it could be used by more doctors in a variety of health settings.

Pulsed electromagnetic fields might sound somewhat familiar to some people. Doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists have been using a similar system called TENS, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. You can even get a low intensity over the counter TENS unit at your corner drug store.

While similar to PEMF, TENS is different. They’re more like cousins than twins. Both systems are part of the electrotherapy family.

TENS is used to stimulate the nerves and causes muscle contractions. The result is a temporary reduction in pain.

PEMF, on the other hand, is considered a cellular repair stimulant. That’s why it’s been approved for cervical surgical procedures.

But what does a cellular repair stimulant have to do with alternative treatments for migraines?

PEMF: One of the Best Alternative Treatments for Migraines

Since about 1999, researchers have been testing PEMF to see if it would be a good migraine treatment. And they’ve seen some amazing results.

In a double-blind, placebo controlled study, 45% of those who experienced headaches found relief with the PEMF treatment. Fifteen percent said they experienced an “excellent decrease” in the amount of pain they experienced.

Some doctors and researchers say that the results they’ve seen from PEMF migraine treatments have not only exceeded their expectations, they’re often better than musculoskeletal medicine.

How does it work?

The PEMF treatment helps reduce inflammation, a major contributing factor for migraine pain. It also stimulates the brain so that it starts to function normally.

This is necessary for migraine sufferers because migraines are basically electrical storms in the brain. These storms are brought about by various triggers – which are based on the patient’s unique makeup.

The triggers bring about the electrical storm which causes pain throughout the head and neck, as well as nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and auras.

The PEMF system jolts the brain so that the storm is calmed and everything returns to normal and the pain subsides.

Visit Valhalla Wellness and Medical Center for Your Migraine Treatment

If you suffer from migraines, we would like to welcome you to our practice. Here you will find some of the latest health and wellness programs, including alternative treatments for migraines.

When you come to Valhalla Wellness, we treat you as an individual. We look at your symptoms and your health. Based on this assessment, we create a personalized treatment plan. Plans like these have a much higher chance of success.

We’re sure that when you choose Valhalla Wellness you will finally find some relief from your migraines.

Are you suffering with chronic migraines? If so, please contact us right away. You don’t have to keep suffering. We will find the right solution for your unique needs.

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