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Headaches and IV Therapy

Headache Treatments offered by Vancouver Chiropractor, Registered Acupuncture, and Naturopath

Consider IV Magnesium.

The majority of headaches are non-emergent, or not a result of a severe condition requiring medical attention. These non-emergent headaches can usually be classified as chronic daily, tension, migraine or cluster headaches. Of the latter, most respond quite well to daily magnesium supplementation, in addition to other vitamins and minerals as indicated during a patient visit.  Riboflavin, for instance, has a very positive prophylactic effect when it comes to migraines.

Chiropractic treatments, adequate hydration, a healthy diet, exercise, restorative sleep, relaxation techniques and supplementation as described above can work absolute wonders when is comes to headache prevention, but sometimes “life happens” and we can’t be quite so perfect.  So, what does the evidence say with respect to headache management? Once severe, life-threatening causes of headaches have been ruled out, there are a number of treatment strategies that are very useful when dealing with aggravating headaches that won’t quit:

IV Magnesium:  1 gram of IV magnesium sulphate is effective in reducing headache in patients with low serum magnesium. Considering the majority of adults in North American are magnesium deficient, this translates into a large number of headache patients who will likely respond favourably to IV Magnesium.

Acupuncture: Acupuncture treats the entire person, and can be tailored to the individual. Tension headaches often require the release of myofascial triggers points in the upper back and neck, while migraine and cluster headaches often respond better to points chosen based on the individual, taking their tongue and pulses into consideration.

My suggestion? Try a combination of the above, it takes about an hour, and will likely leave you feeling much relieved. Supportive medicine at its best!

Have a great day,
Dr. Kaleigh Anstett
Vancouver Naturopath

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