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Cluster headaches like migraines affect people in recurring patterns or clusters. Cluster headaches are very painful and tend to wake up those affected in the middle of the night with sharp acute pain on one side of the head or around the eye with extreme cases experiencing a feeling of the eye pulled out of the socket.

Cluster headaches can last anywhere from few weeks to several months followed surprisingly by cessation of attacks for long period of time.

Symptoms of cluster headaches

  • Sharp burning pain on one side of the head or around the eye with possibility of pain spreading to neck, shoulders and the head
  • General restlessness
  • Excessive watering of the affected eye along with reddening
  • Pale skin on the face

Causes of cluster headaches

Although it is hard to pin down the exact underlying cause of cluster headaches, it is the cyclical nature of the attacks which occur with clockwork precision in a 24 hour period that gives a good idea of where they originate.

The key region affected during a cluster headache attack is the hypothalamus. This is where the human biological clock (circadia rhythms) is located deep at the center of the brain.

Compared to migraines and tension headaches, cluster headaches are not affected by external environmental triggers like stress, food consumed and hormonal changes.

Magnetic therapy treatment for cluster headaches

From the results of a study conducted by Prof Anninos and neurologist Dr Sandyk, they have been able to treat a variety of neurological disorders using time varying magnetic fields.

Magnetic therapy is believed to provide highly beneficial biological advantages in the treatment of disorders that are caused by neurological or endocrinal malfunction.

The research in the latter part of the 80s clearly proves that apart from treating musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders, pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) are known to hugely benefit the treatment of psychological disorders.

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) are both proving to be a boon in providing tangible benefits and also risk free in treating problems, especially in accurate diagnosis of existing disorders.

In TMS, electrical currents are induced in tissue using stimulative coil placed on the scalp at the affected area and subjected to varying frequencies and the whole process is totally non-invasive.

The pulses emitted stimulates the brain by altering the electrical activity of the nerve cells in the affected area in the brain.

Some of the disorders include cluster headaches, migraines, epilepsy, depression, attention deficit disorders (ADD), attention deficit hyperactive disorders (ADHD) and Parkinsons disease.

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Magnetic therapy is believed to provide highly beneficial biological advantages in the treatment of disorders that are caused by neurological or endocrinal malfunction. The research in the latter part of the 80s clearly proves that apart from treating musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders, pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) are known to hugely benefit the treatment of psychological disorders.

Almost all headaches show the presence of abnormal brain electrophysiology at varying levels from individual to individual. Pulsed magnetic therapy using Pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) can help in addressing this problem.

What is electrophysiology?

Electrophysiology is the study of electrical properties of biological cells and tissues. In neurology, it measures the electrical activity of neurons.

Some of the more serious electrphysiological abnormalities include epilepsy, sleeping disorders, severe levels of PMS, attention deficit disorder (ADD), depression and other psychological problems. Pulsed magnetic therapy can play a beneficial role in addressing these problems.

As mentioned in the previous post titled Magnetic Therapy Treatment For Migraines, migraines are the second most common type of headache affecting humans. Migraines can be accompanied by aura, a visual or sensory disturbance with symptoms of flashing lights, zig-zag patterns and blind spots.

What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation uses pulsed magnetic therapy fields for stimulating nerve cells in the brain by placing a large electromagnetic coil against the brain’s outer scalp.

A powerful electromagnet creates electric fields that stimulate the nerve cells responsible for depression and mood control. TMS is gaining ground as an effective treatment for depression.

Pulsed magnetic therapy trial for migraine treatment

A team from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at New York tested the concept of pulsed magnetic therapy in alleviating the pain from migraines. The method used was to disrupt the electrical disturbances in the brain that caused the aura using  a single pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

Dr Richard Lipton  and his team carried out a series of trials on about 201 patients using a handheld device that can even be used at home.

In this sampling, about 102 patients were treated with genuine pulsed magnetic fields. The other 99 patients were subjected to sham device that mimicked the sounds made by the genuine device.

Results of the trial

The team inferred that those treated with actual pulsed magnetic fields were more likely to be free of pain than those who were treated with the fake device.

The patients were likely to experience pain relief two hours after the treatment than at time intervals of 24 hours and 48 hours. About 39% of the 164 patients in the group that underwent TMS treatment reported relief from pain after 2 hours when compared to the 22% of the group that was exposed to the sham device. This was a recorded therapeutic gain of 17%.

Verdict of the research team

The authors state – “Although the exact mechanisms of migraine remain under study, administration of sTMS in people with migraine with aura decreases progression of the attack in some individuals…and could be a promising acute treatment.”

Lee Tomkins, Director of charity Migraine Action says “we are sure that this will of particular interest to the 40% of migraineurs who sometimes experience aura symptoms, particularly as this is not currently an aspect of the condition for which there is an adequate treatment”.

She further adds that “Migraine Action would welcome further research into the use of this device, including looking at how regularly it could be used safely for those experiencing very frequent attacks.”

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SOURCES:
‘Single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation for acute treatment of migraine with aura: a randomised, double-blind, parallel-group, sham-controlled trial’, Richard B Lipton, David W Dodick, Stephen D Silberstein, Joel R Saper, Sheena K Aurora, Starr H Pearlman, Robert E Fischell, Patricia L Ruppel, Peter J Goadsby, Published Online March 4, 2010 DOI:10.1016/S1474-4422(10)70054-5.

‘Migraine’, NHS Choices.
Ms Lee Tomkins, Migraine Action

"Although the exact mechanisms of migraine remain under study, administration of sTMS in people with migraine with aura decreases progression of the attack in some individuals...and could be a promising acute treatment."

Magnetic therapy is an ideal non-invasive alternative treatment for migraines without producing any harmful side effects as evinced in the case of using powerful drugs.

Does magnetic therapy work for migraines?

Therapeutic magnets producing either static or pulsed magnetic fields are believed to activate the production of hormones within the human body. The secretion of hormones plays a vital role in both prevention and treatment of migraines.

This is true especially in the case of production of endorphins, the natural stress and pain fighters. This brain chemical transmits electrical signals within the nervous system and is also known as neurotransmitter. Release of endorphins also accounts for euphoria and a state of well being in general.

The application of static or pulsed magnetic fields around the head causes an increase in the electrical activity within the brain. This increases the movements in the neural pathways and increased conductivity stimulates specific areas of the brain responsible for production of the hormones serotonin and melatonin.

Effects of Serotonin

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that transmits signals from one part of the brain to another. A majority of the 40 million or so brain cells are influenced by serotonin in one way or the other. These cells are linked to the mood, appetite, sleep, sexual desire, memory etc.

Tryptophan is the chemical from which serotonin is produced. Low production of serotonin can influence moods leading to depression. The inability of areas within the body to receive serotonin or lack of tryptophan can often lead to depression, OCD or obsessive compulsive disorder, panic attacks and excessive anger.

Effects of Melatonin

Melatonin is a hormone that is secreted by the pineal gland located at the base of the brain. It is popularly known as the Dracula of hormones as its onset in humans occurs during nightfall.

Melatonin is a key hormone that preserves the human body clock also known as circadia rhythms. It plays an important role in regulating sleep.

As one gets older, the melatonin production in the body decreases. This is a reason why older people suffer sleep disorder problems.

Relation between magnetic therapy and melatonin

It has been known that negative magnetic fields can affect many of the body’s biochemical processes. This includes maintenance of sleep patterns.

Magnetic field therapy can help stimulate the pineal gland and reverse changes in the body’s biological clock (circadian rhythm). This shows that magnetic therapy can be an effective treatment for people suffering from sleeplessness.

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The application of static or pulsed magnetic fields around the head causes an increase in the electrical activity within the brain. This increases the movements in the neural pathways and increased conductivity stimulates specific areas of the brain responsible for production of the hormones serotonin and melatonin.

Magnetic Therapy For Migraines

Migraines are known to be the second most common headache affecting majority of the people after tension headaches. Magnetic therapy is known to provide relief by alleviating the intense pain affecting migraine sufferers through a drug free approach.

Migraines are a dreadful lot in that they give rise to really bad headaches and yet give no clues to researchers the exact reasons for their onset.

Speculation is rife that the causes can be attributed to disorders in the circulatory, neurological or biochemical systems. A lot of migraines are genetic by nature as well.

What are migraines?

Migraines can affect one particular area of the head through intense throbbing often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and high degree of sensitivity to sound and light.

Some migraine attacks are accompanied by flashes of light, tingling in the arm or leg and blind spots. These are collectively referred to as aura or sensory warning systems.

The migraines vary in duration from one individual to another. They can can occur everyday lasting for hours or days at a time. In other cases they can recur just a couple of times a year. The symptoms are also different for differnt individuals.

Symptoms of migraines

The onset of migraines may occur in childhood, adolescence or adulthood. The migraine life cycle may extend over four stages namely prodrome, aura, attack and postdrome. An affected person need not go through all these stages.

Prodrome

Prodrome is a precursor to the actual onset of a migraine with noticeable changes that include depression, diarrhea, irritability, food cravings, constipation, hyperactivity etc.

Aura

Migraine headaches may or may not be accompanied by aura. Majority of the people are affected by migraines without aura. Apart from sensory warning systems, auras can be in the form of motor and/or verbal disturbances.

Symptoms of migraines with aura:

  • Seeing bright spots, differing shapes or flashes of light are part of the visual phenomena
  • Loss of vision
  • Tingling sensation in the arms or legs
  • Speech and language problems
  • Weakness of the limb

A migraine sufferer can go through the following symptoms:

  • Intense throbbing on one side of the head
  • High degree of sensitivity to light and sound
  • Pain that hampers day to day regular activities
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Unclear vision

Postdrome

This phase occurs after the migraine attack has occurred. The affected person can feel totally washed out drained of all energy.

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Migraine headaches may or may not be accompanied by aura. Majority of the people are affected by migraines without aura. Apart from sensory warning systems, auras can be in the form of motor and/or verbal disturbances.

Tension headaches account for almost 90% of affected people making it one of the most common headaches. A dull pain starts at the back and moves to both sides of the head as well as the forehead.

Symptoms of tension headache

The neck muscles become tight and the throbbing pain in the forehead and temples makes it sometimes worse than a migraine.

There is a possibility of tension headaches becoming chronic where patients suffer from it for time periods  ranging from few hours, days and even up to a month. The duration can vary depending on the stress levels building up in a particular individual in everyday life.

Tension or stress headaches affect patients of all ages. Children can suffer from it due to insomnia, fatigue, hunger etc. But the majority of the population affected by tension or stress headaches is in the 20 to 50 age bracket. Despite all this, to date, it has not been possible to hone in on a specific reason for tension headaches.

Causes of tension headache

There are many factors that cause tension headache. A primary factor is stress. Everyone has to live with it and stress manifests itself in day to day life in varying degrees of magnitude.

Some of the multiple factors that cause tension headache can be broadly classified under

  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Physical and mental strain
  • Temperatures bordering on extremes
  • Insomnia or sleeplessness
  • Poor diet accompanied by irregular eating habits
  • Depression
  • Dehydration

Other theories behind tension headaches

There is a belief that the throbbing pain felt in a tension headache could be due to malfunctioning of the pain filter found in the stem of the brain. This causes the brain to to wrongly interpret even signals from the temporal muscle and other muscles as pain.

Serotonin is one of the main chemicals involved in the misinterpretation of signals by the brain. It is a neurotransmitter involved in the transmission of nerve impulses.

Serotonin is a chemical that is responsible for happy feelings in humans. It helps calm frayed nerves and helps with sleep and reduces depression. It is believed that tension headaches can be controlled by use of antidepressants.

Intake of certain foods

Food that has high caffeine content is a deterrent to controlling tension headaches. Fatty foods and excessive intake of alcohol can also lead to tension headaches.

Treatment of tension headaches

The most common approach to alleviate/treat pain from tension headaches is to buy across the counter drugs. It is a different story for chronic sufferers and they are better off seeking professional advice from their GP. Consumption of drugs can cause undesirable side effects in some leading to more complications.

Magnetic therapy as an alternative treatment

Since tension headaches affect the back of the head and neck muscles, it is a good idea to start treating areas in that vicinity. A magnetic pillow pad with static magnets induces magnetic fields in the affected areas.

Sleeping on a magnetic mattress pad or magnetic mattress topper can add to the beneficial effects of the magnetic pillow. When this is repeated every night, repeated exposure of the body and especially the affected areas will help restore the body to a balanced energy state by reducing the accumulated stress.

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Tension or stress headaches affect patients of all ages. Children can suffer from it due to insomnia, fatigue, hunger etc. But the majority of the population affected by tension or stress headaches is in the 20 to 50 age bracket. Despite all this, to date, it has not been possible to hone in on a specific reason for tension headaches.