|Whether you suffer from occasional headaches or disabling migraines, these aches and pains can really impede your quality of life. Studies suggest that up to 13% of US adults suffer from regular migraines (37 million people) and 2-3 million of these suffer from them chronically. Women are more prone to experience migraines than men, but overall this discomfort does not discriminate.
Migraines generally manifest physically as uncomfortable, frequent, and prolonged headaches of varying intensity. They are often accompanied by nausea, fatigue, and light sensitivity. Depending on the intensity of the symptoms, a medical doctor might prescribe medication to alleviate pain and assist with sleep – simply numbing the symptoms of a migraine and not getting to the root cause of it all.
What makes Functional Health different for your headaches and/or migraines?
Instead of simply treating the SYMPTOMS of your migraine, functional medicine practitioners aim to identify the underlying causes and root imbalances leading to the pain in your body. This means that you will learn to implement strategies to avoid the onset of migraines once and for all, instead of merely treating the symptoms when they arise.
Certain foods, drinks, hormonal imbalances, environmental shifts and/or reactions to medications are common causes of migraines, and so by studying each of these potential causes, functional medicine successfully identifies which element is causing YOUR specific discomfort.
Functional healthcare involves helping those who suffer – and their loved ones – become more aware of the possibilities for treatment that lie outside of pharmaceutical drugs. This is called becoming functionally ‘literate’. For instance, did you know that those with gluten intolerance are more susceptible to suffering migraines? Have you heard of treating migraines by boosting magnesium and B-vitamin intake? How about peppermint and chamomile essential oils?
We believe everyone deserves to be aware of the cause of their health issues in order to receive the personalized treatment they deserve! Everyone deserves to live pain-free!
Aromatherapy has been known to relieve the symptoms of migraines, and so it’s useful to have essential oils on hand whenever the onset of a migraine looms.
Essential oils can be applied to the skin or inhaled by means of diffusing. Although it’s called aromatherapy, it’s not just the aroma that’s therapeutic. Essential oils also directly interact with body chemistry, affecting nearly all of the organ systems.
Peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus oils, in particular, are known to be very effective in combating migraines.Here is a quick and easy way to add them to your treatment routine:
Lavender and Eucalyptus Massage: