Promising Treatment for Migraines

Promising Treatment for Migraines
0 6 June 2013

New research from Australia shows the hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be useful in providing relief for adults who suffer from disabling migraines and cluster headaches. Physicians commonly rely on a number of drug therapies to both treat and prevent migraines, but some also prescribe oxygen therapy. Researches compared normobaric therapy (inhaling pure oxygen at normal room pressure) and hyperbaric therapy (inhaling pure oxygen at above-normal pressure), versus placebo treatments. Analyzing the results of nine separate studies, three studies reported a significant number of patients experienced significant relief from their migraines within 45 minutes of hyperbaric therapy. Two studies (involving 69 patients) found that a significantly grater proportion of patients had relief of their headaches after 15 minutes of normobaric therapy, compared to sham therapies. “The reviewers concluded that hyperbaric treatment might give some relief for migraine headaches and normobaric therapy might provide similar relief for cluster headaches, but there is no evidence that these therapies will prevent future attacks.” They suggested that hyperbaric treatments could be a reasonable alternative who haven’t responded well to other treatment options for acute attacks.

Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/115119.phpReprinted from the Health Behavior News Service (www.hbns.com)

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