Complementary Approaches to Help Manage Migraine

Complementary Approaches to Help Manage Migraine

Complementary therapies are defined as techniques that are not part of a medical school curriculum. Over the last ten to fifteen years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people using complementary techniques to treat migraine as the concept of integrated medicine has become more acceptable.

Many  Irish migraine sufferers have gained at least some relief through therapies such as acupuncture,biofeedback, reflexology, meditation,mindfulness, CBT,  yoga and a plethora of others.

The conventional medical profession has viewed this growth with some scepticism. However, MAI believes that if the individual can get some benefits from using complementary practices, then their use is to be supported for that individual.

Some doctors will have trained in complementary approaches and many more encourage their use. Scientific research continues in complementary medicine for migraine and it is now accepted that certain treatments may have at least some scientific benefits for some people e.g.

  • Biofeedback
  • Physiotherapy
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Behavioural therapy

However, as of yet, most complementary practices have not yet been scientifically studied in enough detail to prove beyond doubt that they are safe, and more importantly effective. Another problem for people in Ireland interested in trying complementary therapies is the lack of regulation of the sector, although plans are in progress to introduce regulations.

Further Information                                                                 amazing sunflower and blue sky background

If you are interested in obtaining further information on complementary treatments for migraine, there are a list of websites below on some of the self-regulatory bodies of each of the different treatment areas.

We would suggest that you try to match the therapy to the trigger. For example if stress is your trigger then relaxation therapy may help.

If you are attending a complementary practitioner, make sure that they are qualified and operating under the National or International Regulatory group for their area of expertise. You should also always inform your doctor. Some herbal preparations can negatively interact with certain medications.

 

Mindfulness Beaumont Hospital Mindfulness and Relaxation Centre

www.beaumont.ie/marc

Yoga Yoga Therapy Ireland

www.yogatherapyireland.com

Acupuncture Traditional Chinese Medical Council of Ireland

www.acupuncturecouncilofireland.com/

Physiotherapy Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists

www.iscp.ie

Alexander Technique  Irish Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique

www.isatt.ie

STAT UK – The UK Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique

www.alexandertechnique.co.uk

Chiropractic Chiropractic Association of Ireland

www.chiropractic.ie

Kinesiology Association of Systematic Kinesiology in Ireland

www.kinesiology.ie

Nutritional Therapy The Irish Institute of Nutritional Health

www.iinh.net

Osteopathy Irish Osteopathic Association – list of practitioners at

www.osteopathy.org.uk

Reflexology Irish Reflexologists Institute

www.reflexology.ie

 

 

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Complementary Approaches to Help Manage Migraine

Complementary Approaches to Help Manage Migraine

Complementary therapies are defined as techniques that are not part of a medical school curriculum. Over the last ten to fifteen years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people using complementary techniques to treat migraine as the concept of integrated medicine has become more acceptable.

Many  Irish migraine sufferers have gained at least some relief through therapies such as acupuncture,biofeedback, reflexology, meditation,mindfulness, CBT,  yoga and a plethora of others.

The conventional medical profession has viewed this growth with some scepticism. However, MAI believes that if the individual can get some benefits from using complementary practices, then their use is to be supported for that individual.

Some doctors will have trained in complementary approaches and many more encourage their use. Scientific research continues in complementary medicine for migraine and it is now accepted that certain treatments may have at least some scientific benefits for some people e.g.

  • Biofeedback
  • Physiotherapy
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Behavioural therapy

However, as of yet, most complementary practices have not yet been scientifically studied in enough detail to prove beyond doubt that they are safe, and more importantly effective. Another problem for people in Ireland interested in trying complementary therapies is the lack of regulation of the sector, although plans are in progress to introduce regulations.

Further Information                                                                 amazing sunflower and blue sky background

If you are interested in obtaining further information on complementary treatments for migraine, there are a list of websites below on some of the self-regulatory bodies of each of the different treatment areas.

We would suggest that you try to match the therapy to the trigger. For example if stress is your trigger then relaxation therapy may help.

If you are attending a complementary practitioner, make sure that they are qualified and operating under the National or International Regulatory group for their area of expertise. You should also always inform your doctor. Some herbal preparations can negatively interact with certain medications.

 

Mindfulness Beaumont Hospital Mindfulness and Relaxation Centre

www.beaumont.ie/marc

Yoga Yoga Therapy Ireland

www.yogatherapyireland.com

Acupuncture Traditional Chinese Medical Council of Ireland

www.acupuncturecouncilofireland.com/

Physiotherapy Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists

www.iscp.ie

Alexander Technique  Irish Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique

www.isatt.ie

STAT UK – The UK Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique

www.alexandertechnique.co.uk

Chiropractic Chiropractic Association of Ireland

www.chiropractic.ie

Kinesiology Association of Systematic Kinesiology in Ireland

www.kinesiology.ie

Nutritional Therapy The Irish Institute of Nutritional Health

www.iinh.net

Osteopathy Irish Osteopathic Association – list of practitioners at

www.osteopathy.org.uk

Reflexology Irish Reflexologists Institute

www.reflexology.ie

 

 

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Migraine
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