At Ecstasis Healing and Wellness in Newport News, VA, we know that living with migraine pain can affect the quality of your life. If you feel like you’ve tried everything to experience migraine relief but still live with chronic migraines, we can help. We offer a specialized infusion-based treatment called ketamin therapy that can finally deliver that relief you’ve been looking for.
What’s the Best Method of Migraine Relief?
If you suffer from migraines, you’re probably well aware of how debilitating they can be. They can affect your life in many different ways and cause you significant pain. If you have been unable to find relief from migraine pain, we want to introduce you to something new, something innovative, and something that may just deliver some life-changing results.
It’s not Excedrin, it’s not an ice pack, and it’s not another prescription medication that could cause negative side effects. Instead, it’s a safe, FDA-approved treatment called ketamine therapy.
Migraines are more common than you may even think, and surprisingly, they affect women more than men. 12% of the entire population experiences migraine headaches. The medical treatment of migraines has become a $5.4 billion industry. Many companies continue to create medications to treat migraines. However, they only seem to be capitalizing off of your pain because even after taking those medications, you may not experience true migraine relief.
What Is a Migraine?
A migraine is typically defined as moderate to intense throbbing head pain. Those who suffer from chronic migraines experience 15 or more headache days a month. A migraine can be mild to moderate, but often it’s more severe head pain that is accompanied by many different symptoms, including:
- Sensitivity to light
- Sensitivity to sound
- Visual disturbances
- Sensitivity to touch
- Tingling of the hands, feet, or face
- Sensitivity to smell
What Causes Migraines?
Different people experience migraines for different reasons. Many different factors can trigger a migraine, but regardless, when it does affect you, you want relief. Changing your lifestyle, diet, and stress levels can help reduce the number of migraines you experience each month. However, even if that number is reduced, those migraines that you still experience are painful. The following are some factors that can contribute to the onset of a migraine:
- Side effects of different prescription medications
- Changes in the weather
- Alcohol consumption
- Hormonal fluctuations
- Stress levels
- Genetic factors
- Lifestyle choices
- Environmental changes
Traditional Migraine Treatment Methods
When you seek out treatment to find migraine relief, you’ll typically be directed towards three different avenues. Prescription medications, lifestyle changes, and non-traditional therapies are often prescribed to help patients achieve migraine relief. However, sometimes these factors aren’t as effective as you’d like them to be. They can provide some pain relief and reduce the occurrence of migraines, but that’s not always the case.
Many different forms of medication are prescribed and administered to help treat migraines. Doctors and migraine specialists prescribe everything from antipsychotics to Botox injections to help treat migraine pain. They may also prescribe dietary supplements, anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesics, and nerve pain medications.
The problem with many of these medications is they can become addictive, or they have known side effects that can affect your health. For some of these medications, the long-term side effects are still unknown.
Another way you can address migraines is by making lifestyle changes. Lifestyle habits can contribute to the onset of a migraine. Reducing the amount of stress in your life, getting better sleep, and changing your diet can all help reduce migraines.
Certain foods can cause migraines, as can the absence of certain nutrients in your diet. Making the right lifestyle choices can go a long way in helping reduce the number of migraines you experience long term.
Many non-medical therapies are designed to help eliminate migraines or at least help reduce the total number you experience each month. Many patients undergo acupuncture treatments or massage therapy to help address tight muscles that may be contributing to their migraines.
Sometimes, by relaxing the muscles, many people can find relief from their migraines if they are caused by tension.
A New Approach to Migraine Relief
A migraine can come on without warning and can last anywhere from four to 72 hours. Migraines are painful, and they affect every aspect of your life.
They can keep you from feeling like yourself, interfere with your personal and professional life, and affect your physical, mental, and emotional health. The problem with many traditional migraine relief treatments is that they often cause undesirable side effects that impact your health.
Finding Freedom From Your Pain
Even if you’re taking the right steps to live a healthier lifestyle and manage your stress to reduce the number of migraines you experience each month, when a migraine comes on, you need somewhere to turn. You need a treatment that will give you the pain relief you need to function well and enjoy your life.
Combining ketamine therapy with a healthy, low-stress lifestyle and reducing or eliminating migraine triggers can make a significant difference in improving your well-being. You don’t have to live with migraine pain. There is a form of migraine relief, and we offer it here at our office. It’s called ketamine therapy.
What Is Ketamine Therapy?
Ketamine therapy is an innovative and effective delivery system that can help treat everything from depression and anxiety to chronic pain. Ketamine infusions are non-opioid and have been used to treat pain since the 1960s.
This treatment is FDA approved, is non-addictive, and doesn’t result in any side effects or cause any adverse reactions that could affect your health.
Is Ketamine Therapy a Safe Way To Treat Migraines?
Hospitals have begun using ketamine therapy to treat migraines because studies have shown how effective this therapy is when it comes to providing effective migraine relief. Low-dose ketamine infusions can help improve the severity of migraines and help reduce the number of migraines you experience safely and effectively.
How Does the Treatment Work?
Ketamine therapy helps relieve migraine pain by blocking NMDA receptors. These receptors are found in the brain and transport pain signals from the brain to the spinal cord. Ketamine therapy helps block the receptors to relieve pain.
What To Expect
During the treatment process, you will undergo ketamine infusions with a dosage that best meets your unique needs. The ketamine infusions will be delivered through an intravenous line. The entire treatment typically takes a few hours to complete. Most patients undergo a series of several consecutive treatments to achieve the best results. During the treatment, all you have to do is sit back and relax.
You can nap, work remotely, watch TV, or read. Before beginning treatment, we will confirm that you are a good candidate for ketamine infusions. Then, we’ll determine the right dosage for your needs. We will schedule your treatment and begin the process so you can experience pain relief as soon as possible.
When Will I Experience Pain Relief?
Many patients experience pain relief immediately after or during the treatment. For others, that pain relief sets in within hours of the treatment. The results can last for several weeks or months, depending on your treatment plan and your dosage. When you come in for your initial consultation, we will create the right treatment plan for you and give you a better idea of what kind of treatment you can expect.
Who Is a Candidate?
The best candidates for ketamine infusion therapy are patients who want to treat their migraine pain and haven’t been able to find an effective form of pain relief with lifestyle changes, pain medication, or alternative therapies. Some patients will not qualify for treatment, including those with or suffering from:
- Unstable heart disease
- Uncontrolled blood pressure
- Active substance abuse
- An active current manic phase of bipolar disorder
- Active psychotic hallucinations, delusions, or other similar symptoms
Find Freedom From Your Pain
Ketamine therapy can help you finally experience real and lasting pain relief. If you want to try something new, something that can help alleviate your pain, our experts are ready and waiting to help improve the quality of life. Contact us today at Ecstasis Healing and Wellness in Newport News, VA, to learn more about this treatment.