Alternative treatments and therapies like chiropractic, acupuncture, biofeedback, aromatherapy and meditation have managed to make a niche for themselves in today's modern, busy and hectic lifestyles. Many doctors these days are also prescribing these complementary therapies along with the regular course of treatment.
You can therefore take your pick and choose the one which suits you the most:
Chiropractic is the most famous alternative therapy
This therapy is used to treat post-traumatic, tension-type, and sometimes migraine headaches. It believes that headaches are caused due to abnormal motion and irritation in the neck muscles, nerves and other tissues. It works towards alleviating the pain with the help of manipulation, exercise and forms of physical therapy.
Acupuncture is the traditional Chinese art to treat headaches by placing small needles in special acupuncture points present all over the body. Acupuncture is used to treat migraines. Scientifically, it has been found that acupuncture needles stimulate the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain reliever, thereby curing headache.
Biofeedback can help reduce some types of headache pain, other than migraine. A biofeedback incorporates a range of relaxation therapies, like breathing exercises, meditation and guided imagery. These can help you control your body's response to stress.
Aromatherapy utilizes certain essential oils to treat headaches. It claims to treat headaches and migraines and other conditions that might lead to headaches. Such conditions include depression, anxiety, and the other conditions linked with the two. However, it is to be remembered that these essential oils are not to be applied to the skin directly. Instead, they are first mixed with a carrier oil and then used.
Meditation is used to treat all those headaches that are caused due to tension and stress. More and more people are turning to meditation to relieve the day's tension and relieve themselves of headaches resulting due to these tensions. Deep breathing exercises, which relieve tension, form an essential part of the meditation technique.
Apart from these therapies, you can also opt for acupressure, osteopathic, massage, stretching, hydrotherapy, homeopathic, herbalistic and various other stress reduction therapies.
All these treatments and therapies are considered to be holistic treatments giving you the best of both the worlds. Though they can be performed easily, still, a bit of caution is required. If you are planning to use any of these alternative methods, be sure that you do so under the trained eye of an instructor.
source: Headache updates