Does O2 = Drug Free Migraine Treatment?

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August 15, 2014

We recently featured an article about a man who uses oxygen therapy to help treat his cluster headaches.  Could oxygen also help your chronic migraine?  Is this something you need to add to your drug free migraine treatments or is it just another hyped-up alternative therapy that simply offers sensory pleasure, but isn’t really treating the condition?  Not that feeling better is ever a waste of effort, but when it comes to chronic migraines, oxygen therapy might not be enough to get your life back on track.

A 2008 review study of prior research by researchers in Germany, published in the journal Schmerz (Pain), found that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a somewhat helpful acute drug free migraine treatment, while less evidence suggested that normobaric (normal pressure) oxygen therapy (NBOT) is helpful for treating cluster headaches.  The impact on chronic migraine was not evaluated by the research.

According to the National Headache Foundation website, the way oxygen therapy may help headaches sufferers is not entirely understood, but it has something to do with the increased blood flow during these events.  Since migraines and cluster headaches involve different blood flow patterns, oxygen has not been as helpful for migraines as it is for cluster headaches.

So, while oxygen therapy may prove to be a harmless part of the drug free migraine regimen, it doesn’t seem like a great long-lasting pain solution to chronic migraine.   The more effective hyperbaric variation is not only impractical (how quickly could you get an appointment at your local oxygen chamber when you are slammed with migraine attack?

When you live with chronic migraines, the Omega migraine procedure offers not only 24/7 access to your pain relief, but also it is also invisible to those around you and doesn’t require lugging around a pressurized chamber.


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