What are migraines?
A migraine is a painful, throbbing headache often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. They can be complicated events lasting hours or even days, and can have varying degrees of intensity.
Who is typically affected by migraines?
The National Headache Foundation estimates that 28 million Americans suffer from migraines. Women are affected more than men, and people of all ages can fall victim to chronic headaches. Many people experience their first migraine during adolescence or young adulthood.
What are the most common symptoms?
Migraine symptoms include moderate to severe head pain, sensitivity to light, noise, and odor, blurred vision, nausea or vomiting, and dizziness.
What are the traditional treatments?
Migraines can be treated with preventative drugs. Certain medications have been used to simply treat the nausea associated with migraines. Migraine victims often take pain- relieving medication.
Why are migraines amenable to oxygen therapy?
The rationale behind using HBOT for migraines and chronic headaches is that the treatments increase cerebral blood flow, thereby delivering oxygen to areas of the brain which are thought to be hypoxic. Greater amounts of blood and oxygen stimulate cerebral tissues and aid in recovery of idling neurons. HBOT also reduces swelling of brain tissues which aid in neurological function.
What benefits can I expect from oxygen therapy for migraines?
Since every patient is different it is hard to predict the result in each individual case. However, we know from 50 years of experience that HBOT is safe and will not make the patient worse. The usual course of oxygen therapy is once or twice daily, five days a week (M-F) for 5-10 treatments; up to 20 total treatments.
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