headache & migraine relief
There's something about longer, warmer summer days that makes it impossible not to crave a break from rules and routine. This sentiment rings especially true this year, after months of isolation and major disruption of all the usual rituals of Spring & early Summer. I can't remember the last time I wanted to get out of my house this badly!
And because summer is summer, there's a special collection of mishaps awaiting us once we've dashed into the great outdoors. I’m not just talking about losing a flip-flop or getting “brain freeze” from a too-big bite of ice cream. These summer health hazards can really ruin the rest of your day...or the rest of the season:
What CDs would you suggest for a 12-year-old, young woman with chronic daily headache, NON migraine type? She is NOT an "anxious" or "high strung" young lady. She is very bright & musically very talented. She has had a complete and thorough neuro workup, and is currently on a medication regimen. On better days, the best case is a constant, low level headache. The flare-ups can last 6-8 wks. w/ intense, disabling pain.
Ninety consecutive patients with chronic tension-type headache (CTTH) were randomly assigned to acupuncture, relaxation training or physical training.
Researchers from Göteborg Universityin Göteborg, Sweden.compared the impact of acupuncture, relaxation training and physical training on the treatment of CCTH.
Measures of headache intensity, headache-free days and headache-free periods were taken 4 weeks before the intervention, immediately after it, and 3 and 6 months post-treatment, using a visual analogue scale and a headache diary.
Researchers at Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in Isfahan, Iran tested the impact of a guided imagery audio tape evoking happy memories on sufferers of chronic tension headaches.
Sixty people with chronic tension headaches completed a demographic questionnaire and kept a headache diary, three weeks during treatment and one week immediately after.
Subjects were randomly assigned into one of three treatment groups: a Guided imagery (GI) with tape group (n = 20), a GI with perceived happy memory group (n = 20) and a control group (n = 20). All sixty subjects received individualized headache therapy as well (standard care).
Corolla le Blanc tells how guided imagery helped with her chronic, worsening migraine headache condition, which she’d suffered since adolescence.
For most of her life, she had inadequate health insurance and couldn’t afford the pricey meds on offer, so she resorted to guided imagery, not realizing that, at the very least, good, relaxing guided meditations will release muscle tension in the head and neck; and loosen the tightness in constricted blood vessels. So this was actually not a bad idea at all…
Here’s how she tells it in her own words...