Headaches and Migraines

Headaches and migraines are some of the most commonly experienced of all physical discomforts. It is estimated that half of all adults have a headache in a given year. These neurological disorders can sometimes have an enormous impact on our lives, affecting relationships and employment, and in some severe cases, our mental state.

How to Get Rid of a Headache or a Migraine Naturally

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy may help to relieve symptoms and mitigate the severity and frequency of attacks in patients with migraine and cluster headaches. Oxygen has robust healing properties and is known to reduce pain and inflammation. This is the main reason why extra oxygen through HBOT is so useful for migraine and cluster headache sufferers.

HBOT is where 100% pure oxygen is administered in heightened pressure conditions. A patient gets more oxygen than normal with HBOT because the increased atmospheric pressure enables more oxygen to dissolve in the blood.

In the past, research has found that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is effective at terminating migraine headaches after 40-45 minutes, and Normobaric Oxygen Therapy is effective at terminating cluster headaches after just 15 minutes.

HBOT increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of your blood. It causes oxygen to dissolve in the plasma, reaching areas and tissues that the haemoglobin can’t get to, saturating every cell in your body.

In 1989, Weiss et al administered HBOT in a cluster headache case where NBOT hadn’t worked. After 20 minutes of HBOT, pain and nasal congestion in the patient were halted, but came back 2 and a half hours later. After a second session of HBOT, the pain was halted and didn’t return for 7 months.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment for Migraines and Cluster Headaches

If you suffer from any forms of headaches and migraines and you’re looking for an effective and natural alternative remedy, contact us on 020 3733 4093 or [email protected], or book a consultation with hyperbaric expert Robert Pender.

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For those of you who may still not be 100% sure on the definitions and elements of migraines and cluster headaches, we’ve put together some helpful information below for you in case you have any more questions.

What are the Different Types of Headaches?

Headache disorders can come in many forms, although the three most common among them are migraines, tension-type headaches and cluster headaches. While some of these conditions may seem similar at first, they usually have their own set of symptoms and can be caused by different unique factors.

What Is a Migraine?

Approximately 15% of the world’s total population are affected by migraine headaches. Migraines are typically characterised by recurrent throbbing pains on one side of the head that range from moderate to severe, and can last anywhere from 2 to 72 hours. Migraines are often accompanied or preceded by sensory warning signs, including nausea, vomiting, light flashes, tingling, and heightened sensitivity to light, sound or smell.

The causes and underlying mechanisms of migraines are not fully known. However, they are believed to be the result of temporary changes in our brain chemistry, triggered by genetic, hormonal and environmental factors. These changes cause the blood vessels in the brain to expand and become inflamed, and the nerves that transmit pain to become overexcited.

What Is a Cluster Headache?

Cluster headaches are sometimes confused with and misdiagnosed as migraines, although they’re much rarer and aren’t usually accompanied by warning signs. They’re also far worse and often described as “the worst pain known to humans”.

Cluster headaches are can be accompanied by a watery eye, smaller pupil in one eye, red ear, blocked or runny nostril, and/or a droopy eyelid.

Cluster headaches begin suddenly and can typically last between 15 minutes and 3 hours, occurring 1-8 times a day for several weeks or even months. Remissions often follow, sometimes lasting months or even years before reoccurrence. Migraines also vary; some people have frequent migraines and some only have them occasionally. As with cluster headaches, years can pass between migraine attacks.

What Is a Tension-Type Headache?

Tension-type headaches are the most common type of headache and are what we consider to be a normal everyday headache. These generally tend to cause mild to moderate pain that is sometimes described as a tight band around the top of the skull.

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Please note that although HBOT having been used for many years as a therapeutic intervention for a variety of indications, the evidence for its use remains uncertain which means that it is not proven by “randomized prospective controlled clinical experiment or trial” which is considered to be the strongest form of scientific evidence by conventional medical standards.

It is always recommended that clients visit their GP or Consultant if there is any medical problem before commencing HBOT. Our HBOT expert, Robert Pender regularly consults GPs and medical consultants or relevant members (MDs) of International Hyperbaric Medical Association when required whilst client’s confidentiality will be respected and protected throughout.

In accordance with UK and EU legislation, we confirm that there is no intention implied or otherwise that HBOT is given so with the intention of it being a cure, diagnosis or as a preventative for any disease. Any references, studies or testimonials on this website do not imply that similar results will occur when the same therapy is experienced by another.

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