In some ways, we could consider ourselves fortunate that there are so many different approaches to tackling migraine disease – medications, supplements and a host of complementary therapies. On the other hand, if we want to make the most of all the treatment options, try the latest medicines, the best supplements and all the complementary therapies that might work, we’re likely to be left with a very large hole in our wallets as well as not much time to do anything else.
While debates over increasing resources for the mainstream medical system dominate media and political discussions about health, let’s not forget the importance of non-medical approaches to support health and wellbeing. As a migraine community, maybe we should be asking for better access to and subsidies for complementary therapies that have proven to be beneficial. From this survey, a third to half of respondents had never tried three approaches with a sound evidence base (biofeedback, neurostimulation devices and acupuncture) but would like to. That’s a lot of people that have the potential to benefit. And we need more research into these therapies and whether their use might actually reduce the pressure on the medical system. Now that would be something to get political attention.
Kuruvilla, D. and Wells, R.E. (2019), Evidence-Based Integrative Treatments for Headache. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 59: 971-972. https://doi.org/10.1111/head.13555