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Martha Jefferson Healthwise: Migraine Therapy

January 26, 2011

Unlike your typical headache, a migraine is much more severe. It's often associated with nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light.

Until now, some people have relied on a pills to ease or prevent the pain. But the Martha Jefferson Outpatient Center is now offering Migraine Therapy, a treatment that's been proven to reduce the the painful attacks.

“Sometimes you can get rid of them here in the clinic. You can go from a bad one to none,” said Raymond Moreland, a Physical Therapist with the Martha Jefferson Outpatient Center.

Like other physical therapy, Migraine Therapy also involves a lot of hands-on care.

“I try to find the position of greatest comfort and perform some stretching exercises,” said Moreland.

Not only do therapists help treat migraines on site, they also teach patients techniques they can use at home.

“I like to teach people where there headaches are coming from. I'm not here Saturday and Sunday, so if I can teach them to kind of decrease their headaches they don't need me as much,” said Moreland.

Whether patients are getting the treatments at home or at the office, therapists say Migraine Therapy is working. There are fewer patients on the tables and less people in pain.


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