It seems like everyone you meet anymore suffers from the occasional or regular headaches. This all too common problem can be caused by just about anything, between a sleep deficit, poor diet, drinking alcohol, or even the weather. You’ve probably tried everything under the sun to treat the pain, from over-the-counter medicine to a hot bath, and you never know if it’s going to cure it for good or not.
Now there is a new treatment method that is natural, effective, and proving to be a great treatment method for a variety of ailments. What is the new headache treatment that is starting to take the cake for best headache reliever? Take a look at lower level laser therapy to knock out your headache problems for good.
What is laser therapy?
Lower level laser therapy, also called cold laser therapy, is a treatment that has been around for a while treating skin conditions, pain, and fertility, but studies have recently been done on its effects on headaches. It works by having the laser placed over the primary point of an injury that is causing the headache in order to heal the pain. Treatments can last for a few months during which time headaches may still occur.
How does it help the pain?
Using a cold laser therapy, a light-based laser treatment, works by treating the root of the problem that is giving you headaches. You’ll work with your treatment provider to determine the root cause of the headaches and have a treatment planned made just for you. In many cases, clients feel results within a couple of weeks and headaches begin to dull and occur less frequently, despite the treatment plan being intended for up to 3-4 months.
Headaches and migraines are a complicated ailment because they have so many possible causes. You could have a headache triggered from an environmental cause like pressure changes or being around too many toxins. Headaches are common from hormonal and emotional changes. They can be triggered from neurological reasons or even genetics.
In addition, headaches can vary from person to person, sometimes being mild and long-lasting, while others could be stabbing and go away with a good night’s sleep. Chronic daily migraines are becoming more and more common, but laser therapy is proving to be a great option to give sufferers a solution.
If you are a migraine sufferer, you know that getting you could quickly turn a great day into one that ends abruptly. It turns out that most migraine sufferers are those that have sustained a neck or back injury, making this the root cause of the problem.
Back and neck injuries could be car accidents that you are aware of, or accidents you forgot about such as a childhood fall or a sporting accident. Whiplash strains are the most common and bring on migraines from skull pain. While pain relief may come in alternative methods, it’s often temporary. Laser treatment can offer permanent relief by healing the point of injury.
How is laser therapy faring?
Not only is laser therapy used to treatment skin conditions and infertility, but it’s treating several types of headache issues. Migraines from injuries are able to be treated by pointing the laser at the injured area and allowing it to heal, but laser treatment can also help those who suffer from other headache conditions. From cluster headaches to tension headaches, laser therapy can help. If you have temporomandibular joint disorder, known as TMJ, or tend to get sinus headaches, all of these can be treated through lasers.
The lasers will not only help heal an injured area, but it helps the body heal itself. Your body’s natural serotonin or “feel good” chemicals will increase, your body will release endogenous opioids which is your natural pain relieving system, and all the while with later your cholinesterase levels to improve your nervous system function.
TMJ sufferers are finding an increase in serotonin and blood flow from the treatment while chronic tension headache sufferers have seen fewer headaches, shorter headaches, and a lower intensity to their headaches from the treatment. Rather than temporary relief from aspirin, you can treat your headaches more permanently and naturally. You won’t be waiting for the next migraine to strike like you usually do anymore.
You can still try alternative treatments for your headaches like acupuncture, meditation, and yoga, but if you’re ready to solve the problem once and for all, taking on a laser therapy treatment plan may be the answer you’ve been looking for. Talk to Dr. Herrington about laser therapy for your chronic migraine issues today.