A migraine is a pulsating and intense pain that affects the head. The pain may appear suddenly and may be accompanied by visual, neurological or gastrointestinal symptoms. It can start at any age, although it tends to be more frequent in women and its symptoms can appear between 10 and 30 years old.
Generally, the pain of a migraine is usually stronger than that of a headache. These are produced by the trigeminal nerve that is in the brain and by transmitting sensitivity to the head the blood vessels of the meninges (tissue that covers the brain) becomes inflamed causing a sensation of very painful pulsations.
What is the cause of a migraine?
They can be infinite, but they can be produced by hormonal issues, stress, inheritance, excessive consumption of analgesics, lack of sleep, overweight, depression, among others.
A migraine is associated with the alteration of the cavity in certain brain areas. In general, oxygen restores activity in those areas and is what controls a headache.
Several studies have concluded that people affected by a migraine may find considerable relief thanks to oxygen therapy.
These studies focused on hyperbaric treatment and many patients felt a considerable relief of a migraine after being 40-45 minutes in a hyperbaric chamber.
Physiological effects of HBOT in migraines:
Performing hyperbaric chamber can help to interrupt acute attacks and prevent future attacks. The hyperoxia produced by the increase of oxygen within the chamber achieves a strong desinflammatory process in the neuronal tissues and the central nervous system acting in a few minutes in the affected area, reducing inflammation and edema, achieving a rapid decrease in symptoms in the patient.
Benefits of the Hyperbaric Chamber:
- Significantly increases the oxygen supply in the ischemic tissue.
- Improves brain circulation.
- Reduces ischemia damage.
- Stabilizes the blood-brain barrier.
- Decreases intracranial pressure and cerebral edema.
Performing this type of therapy helps the episodes reduce quickly, helping the patient to enter their daily lives more quickly.
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