Nondrug Migraine Treatments That Work

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Key Questions
  • How can complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) be incorporated with traditional migraine therapies?
  • What are some examples of nonpharmacological therapies for migraine treatment?
  • Is there scientific evidence to support CIM treatments for migraine?
  • Should we suggest the use of CIM treatments to our doctor, or should we assume they’ll mention it if it’s a worthwhile treatment possibility?
  • Is the cost of some of these CIM treatments prohibitive for many patients?
  • Are acupuncture and acupressure effective migraine treatments?
  • How can guided meditation and breathing exercises be beneficial during an attack?
  • Is there good evidence to support physical therapy for migraine?
  • Can occupational therapy be helpful?
  • Is massage therapy or chiropractic work beneficial?
  • How effective is gentle exercise like yoga for managing migraine?
  • What does the research say about aromatherapy for migraine?
  • What about green light therapy?
  • How can neuromodulation devices be incorporated into the migraine toolbox?
  • What is biobehavioral therapy and how can it help better control migraine attacks?
  • What are some newer alternative or behavioral therapies currently being studied for migraine?
Interview Notes
Treatments Mentioned
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Acupressure
  • Acupuncture
  • Biobehavioral therapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Craniosacral therapy (CST)
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Green light therapy (Allay Lamp)
  • Guided breathing
  • Guided meditation
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)
  • Neuromodulation devices
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Spinal Therapy

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Jessica Ailani, MD, FAHS, FAAN

MedStar Georgetown Headache Center, Washington, DC

Dr. Jessica Ailani is board certified in neurology, with added certifications in neurology and headache. She is a professor of clinical neurology and vice co-chair of strategic planning for MedStar’s Georgetown University Hospital.

In addition, she is director of the MedStar Georgetown Headache Center. She is a specialist in headache and women’s health and is dedicated to patient education. Dr. Ailani is also a member of several professional societies, including the American Headache Society and the American Academy of Neurology.

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