Migraine Headaches

New Head Harness for Concussion & Migraines

Living Well Dallas has a brand LED (Light Emitting Diode) new device to add to our low level light therapy sessions. head harness on mannekin This has been designed to effect Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), migraines and other headaches, as well as many other conditions involving brain health (swelling, infection, etc).

I have been using the head harness with great success for these conditions.  Here are some of my recent clinical experiences:
A client with concussion from 4 months prior came in reporting that she still was experiencing dizziness and the feeling of her head being heavy (inflammation). We used the LED head hardness and did a Bowen Technique session. A few days later I spoke with her and both those issues were improved. She was very much looking forward to her next session and had hope for full recovery.
A client who had been experiencing daily headaches with varied intensity for many days without a break, came in with a migraine on this particular day. All we did was the head harness for 40 minutes. Two days later she was elated to report that she had not had a headache since.
A client with a continual vestibular migraine from a vestibular nerve infection was suffering daily with drop-foot and neuropathy in his feet as well as his hands occasionally. After just a couple of sessions with the head harness and other LED pads on his legs, feet and hands, he was noticing a difference in his well-being and in the neuropathy and drop-foot condition. He is in hopes of resolution of this condition.
If you experience any of these or similar brain conditions, come in for an LED session with meand get the relief and recovery you have been needing. To make your appointment, call our front office at 972-930-0260.

What if there were a “Reset” button for pain?

Would you sometimes like to have a “reset” button you could push to get rid of pain in your body?  Well, there is, sort of.  Ever heard of Bowen Technique, Bowenwork, or Bowen Therapy?  There are different versions, but each one gives brand new signals for your brain and nervous system feedback loop to respond to.  It “deletes” bad signals, or actually breaks the pain/spasm/pain cycle, rendering the old improper signals ineffective.  Now your body can respond in a more proper way to new signals and without pain!Bowen Therapy pic

This is like rebooting a computer when the page is frozen and won’t refresh.  Rebooting gives you a fresh start.  Similarly, when you are in pain, your body is in crisis.  It keeps on remembering the signals it was receiving when an accident or injury happened, and it has gotten stuck.  What it needs is a fresh start with new signals to the nervous system.  Bowen Therapy, with its gentle plucking moves over muscles, tendons, fascia, and nerves, introduces just the right “input” to down-regulate the autonomic nervous system and take the body from a state of hypersensitivity (sympathetic overdrive) to a state of rest and relaxation (parasympathetic).

By doing this along the spine right at the beginning of a session, your body is now ready to respond quickly and with profound and lasting changes that address the core problem.  The autonomic nervous system has just been “reset.”  This process is just what the body needs, not only for acute injuries, but also for long-standing chronic conditions, like fibromyalgia, peripheral neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ syndrome, repetitive migraine headaches, and even multiple schlerosis.  How about telling someone you know in pain about Bowen Therapy.  It may just give them the breakthrough they’ve needed!

Best and Worst Foods for Migraines

Did you know that food can play an important part in triggering or preventing a migraine headache? Even though there are far more foods on the triggering side, don’t give up hope.  These foods can definitely help:

Ginger – a powerful anti-inflammatory that can ease chronic migraines, alleviate nerve pain and boost the immune system. It can be added to smoothies, juices, soups, salads, or used in baked dishes.

Water – essential to the proper functioning of the body. Dehydration is a common migraine trigger.

Riboflavin – also known as vitamin B2, this has been tied to the reduction in frequency of migraines. Can be found in lean beef, mushrooms, spinach, and broccoli.

Healthy fats – omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats can help reduce inflammation linked with migraine pain. One great source of Omega-3 is fatty fish, such as wild-caught salmon. Olive oil is a wonderful choice for monounsaturated fats. It has been shown in studies to decrease the duration, severity of pain, and frequency of migraine headaches.

Magnesium – linked by many studies with the natural prevention of migraines, particularly menstrual-related. Top food sources are quinoa, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, spinach, fresh amaranth, Swiss chard, brown rice, and whole grains.

Worst foods for migraineurs:

Tyramine or phenylethylamine – amino acids found in a variety of foods, like chocolate, aged cheeses, processed meats, fermented foods, citrus fruits, beans, avocados, vinegar, and soy foods.

Additives – MSG, nitrites, sulfites, artificial colors, and artificial flavors are all known to be possible migraine triggers. The reason is that they can increase the flow of blood to the head in many people.

Ice-cream/cold foods – cold foods can definitely cause headache pain. For migraine sufferers, the short-lived “brain freeze” can be just the start of a full-blown migraine. To be safe, avoid any extremely cold foods.

Alcohol – can cause dehydration, which is a trigger of headaches. If you choose to drink any kind of alcohol, it’s a good idea to alternate with glasses of water in order to replenish lost fluids. Also, keep in mind that fermented drinks like beer and wine contain tyramine.

Caffeine – can be a major migraine trigger especially if you drink more than one cup a day. Interestingly, once a migraine starts, caffeine can sometimes stop it in its tracks. Common sources:  coffee, tea, soft drinks, and energy drinks.

(for the full article from The Alternative Daily, click here)

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