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Migraine Headaches - Other Treatment

Some people find that complementary treatments reduce how many migraines they have or how bad the migraines are.

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Avoiding Exercise-Related Migraines

Being active is a key part of healthy living. But for some people with migraines, exercise can be tricky. For some, exercise can be a migraine trigger. Terrell Davis, a former Denver Broncos running back, sat out most of the second quarter of Super Bowl XXXII in 1998 because of a migraine. Yet after taking his medication, he came back to the game and was named Most Valuable Player. The good news is that there are steps you can take to make exercise-related migraines less likely. Here are four ways...

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  • Acupuncture. This involves putting very thin needles into the skin at certain points on the body. Research shows that acupuncture can help prevent some headaches.1
  • Biofeedback. This is a way to control a body function—such as muscle tension—that you don't normally control.
  • Butterbur. This herb has been shown to help prevent migraines in some people.2
  • Feverfew. This is an herb that—some small studies show—may help prevent migraines in some people. But most experts aren't sure how well it works for migraines.3
  • Magnesium, which some doctors recommend. Studies have found that some people with migraines have low levels of magnesium in the brain.4
  • Menthol. There is some evidence that a menthol solution rubbed on the forehead can stop or reduce migraine headache pain.5
  • Riboflavin (vitamin B2) and coenzyme Q10. In small studies, both of these have been shown to help prevent migraines.6
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Last Updated: June 10, 2011
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