Migraine recurs after period of stress relief, says study

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E) – Migraine sufferers who feel more relaxed and less stressed from one day to the next are at high risk of having another migraine attack the following day, according to a new study published in the American Academy of Neurology’s journal Neurology.

Periods of relaxation after stress-induced migraine events are as equally headache-inducing for migraine sufferers, said the study conducted by researchers from the Montefiore Headache Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York. The study was aimed at devising “preventive treatment and behavioral interventions” for migraine sufferers.

“This study highlights the importance of stress management and healthy lifestyle habits for people who live with migraine,” said Dawn C. Buse, Ph.D., a co-author of the study, according to Science Daily. “It is important for people to be aware of rising stress levels and attempt to relax during periods of stress rather than allowing a major buildup to occur. This could include exercising or attending a yoga class or may be as simple as taking a walk or focusing on one’s breathing for a few minutes.”

A month before the study was published online in March, the same journal presented another study linking headaches and stress at the Academy’s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Participants of the study included 5,159 people aged 21 to 71. They were interviewed four times a year about their stress levels and headache occurrences for two years. Findings revealed that for each headache type the participants had, the frequency of the occurrences increased with stress.

One way of significantly reducing stress, as well as the occurrence of headaches, is by alternating the use of heat and cold therapy. In fact, the Mayo Clinic website recommends cold compress to numb neck and head pain caused by headaches. It also recommends the use of hot pads and heating packs to relieve muscle soreness.

Heating and cooling packs, such as Thermal-Aid can soothe swelling and relieve pain. The packs were made from malleable cotton and specialized corn kernels that have been modified to hold temperatures well without collecting moisture or molds.

The Thermal-Aid pack was a product of two years of research and development by Pacific Shore Holdings Inc. (OTC: PSHR). It was university-tested to prove their effectiveness on many kinds of pain such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and most importantly, migraine.

A study done by Pacific Shore Holdings proved that it could improve pain management by 35.3 percent and leads to a 21.8 percent decrease in dependency to acetaminophen and a 21.3 percent decrease in dependency on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in patients aged 58 to 96 years old.

Data from the Migraine Research Foundation revealed that 36 million people in American suffer from migraines. Out of this number, 18 percent were women while 6 percent were men.

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