If you already suffer from migraine you’ll know that it’s far more than just a bad headache. Not only does it cause severe pain, it can cause other symptoms such as visual problems, nausea and in some cases vomiting as well as an acute sensitivity to light and sound. Often taking a standard painkiller does no good but there are other things that you can try to help relieve the symptoms.
A migraine attack can last just a few hours but some people experience attacks that go on for several days; extremely inconvenient if you have a family to look after particularly if they occur on a regular basis. They sometimes come on after a warning and around 20% of sufferers will experience what is known as an “aura” between 20 minutes and an hour before the attack starts. Symptoms such as blurred vision, flashes of light, a stiff neck or dizziness have all been reported.
One popular way of treating migraine attacks in America is heat therapy. Heat therapy can be successful with many types of pain such as the pain associated with arthritis or stiff muscles and has now been tried out on people who have migraine attacks. By using a hot tub to provide the heat it can not only be successful but relaxing too, something first brought to our attention by Vita Spa.
Heat therapy works in a number of ways. Firstly the nerve endings in the skin respond to changes in temperature which can reduce the pain you have been feeling. Heat also dilates blood vessels and improves the flow of blood around the body which may also lesson the pain. A hot tub can be an effective way of providing this heat and many people have reported that this alternative way works far better for them than just painkillers alone.