Non-Drug Solution for Chronic Migraines

Monday, September 14th, 2020, 6:29 pm

Suffering from years of chronic migraine headaches? There is a non-drug solution that decreases the headache days by 50% on average.

The solution- the craniofacial facial. By loosening up the face muscles, you decrease the “tension” triggers that cause about 50% of migraine headaches.

Most people, up to 100% of med students, have tight muscles on the right side of their jaw and face. These “chewing” muscles get overworked by years of pushing through a problem. Whether it be a tough math problem or a stressful situation, these jaw muscles get tighter and tighter and after a certain point start spasming and triggering headaches.

Going to a craniofacial therapist will decrease your headache pain. They teach you how to do an external and internal release of the facial muscles. They also work on loosening some of the neighboring upper neck and side neck muscles. This helps people with chronic neck pain. 

At OISI Pain Management Center, we teach facial muscle release to every med student because they tend to clench a lot. Not only does this release the “stress” they hold in their face and jaw it helps them relax and study better. And there is a nice side effect: The more symmetric your face and sile, the “prettier” your smile.

If you have migraine headaches, it is easy enough to try. And what do you have to lose? About 50% fewer headaches and chronic neck pain?

Let me know if you have any questions?  I’m here to help.

Tennyson Lee, MD
OISI Pain Division
Johns Hopkins/Mayo Clinic trained

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