Do you suffer from migraines?
A new way to deal with Migraines?
While many of us can’t relate, any person who suffers from migraines will tell you that there’s nothing worse to deal with in day to day life. From blurred vision, to ringing in the ears, to utter confusion, irritability, and the inability to concentrate, migraines are a problem that plagues approximately 13% of the population - That’s over forty million people in North America alone.
So how do people deal with migraines? It’s estimated that over 50% of migraine sufferers take some form of medication, be it over the counter medications like Advil, Tylenol, etc., or stronger medications that are prescribed by their doctor. Unfortunately, this is not a long term solution, as recent studies have shown that even relatively harmless OTC painkillers such as Advil and Tylenol can significantly increase the chance of cardiac arrest in healthy adults:
So what are alternative methods for dealing with migraines? Hot packs and heating pads can relax tense muscles in the neck, many people find this provides a certain amount of relief. Hot showers can have a similar effect. Other recommendations to help fend of migraines include: Establishing regular sleeping patterns, relaxing at the end of the day (yoga, meditation, reading), and eating wisely. Avoiding alcoholic beverages is another good practice for people who suffer from migraines.
By following some of the rituals above, many migraine sufferers may find these methods provide enough relief in their day to day lives and do not seek alternative options. Unfortunately for others, getting rid of their migraines might not prove so easy.
So are there other alternatives? Contrast therapy has been used for many years to help heal the body. Alternating between hot packs and cold packs is a long accepted way of reducing pain in various parts of the body. Some people may benefit more from cold, some hot. But what about combining both hot and cold and applying both at the same time? Conventional ways of alternating hot and cold packs would not allow for this.
Meet Benepod, a new, innovative contrast therapy device for pain relief. The patented treatment surface on the Benepod has a cold plate in the middle surrounded by a hot ring. The combination of hot and cold applied simultaneously to your skin creates a sensation known as the thermal grill illusion. It’s neither hot, nor cold, but the sensation created is very intense. This sensation has been proven to confuse pain receptors and mask pain, sometimes for as long as 48 hours after treatment. New studies are showing that this same sensation, when applied to the back of the neck, maybe help to alleviate migraines if caught at the onset.
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