Are you feeling stressed out by life pressures? Perhaps you recently suffered from headaches and migraines. If so, you are certainly not alone! But don’t suffer in silence. I gotta tell you, here is one of the best natural therapies you can try to treat your migraine. Recent studies confirmed the effectiveness of facial cupping for migraines. Using cupping therapy has been unveiling wonders of the benefits it can bring to people. When it comes to migraines and other types of headaches, facial cupping keeps on delivering promising results.
Even celebrities and well-known personalities are sharing their experiences with cupping.
“I have been a long time believer in acupuncture and cupping. I used to have debilitating migraines (hospitalize for them), acupuncture, and Eastern Medicines absolutely changed my life. Migraine free living is a game-changer” - Meghan Markle
You may not know what cupping really is but chances are you saw the pictures of some celebrity such as Michael Phelps with large bruise-like circles on his back at the Olympics. It is the result of the Chinese medicine treatment which is often used to provide relief for pain, migraines, and high blood pressure.
Although it seems like painkiller is the only answer for migraines (and for some it is true), there are less aggressive treatment options you can try.
What are Migraines?
Migraine is a recurring type of headache. They cause moderate to severe throbbing or pushing a kind of pain. The pain is often felt on one side of the head. Other symptoms such as weakness can also be felt.
MedlinePlus.gov defined migraines as “a recurring type of headache. They cause moderate to severe pain that is throbbing or pulsing. The pain is often on one side of your head. You may also have other symptoms, such as nausea and weakness. You may be sensitive to light and sound.”
The article also stated that some of the causes of migraines include anxiety, stress, loud noises, bright flashing lights, lack of sleep, hormonal changes in women, medications, skipping meals, changes in weather and environment, caffeine, and strong smells.
An article published by Mayo Clinic stated that migraines often cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, which is often felt on one side of the head only. It also mentioned in the article the following information:
“It's often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can last for hours to days, and the pain can be so severe that it interferes with your daily activities. For some people, a warning symptom known as an aura occurs before or with a headache. An aura can include visual disturbances, such as flashes of light or blind spots, or other disturbances, such as tingling on one side of the face or in an arm or leg and difficulty speaking.”
Migraines certainly can give discomfort and pain to someone experiencing it. That is the reason why some office workers get distracted from work leading to low productivity and efficiency.
What Causes Migraines?
There are many factors that can trigger migraines. These factors vary from person to person. These are the following causes:
Migraine, a common type of headache, is defined as a pain in the area of the head or neck region. This pain varies in intensity, duration, and area of affect. Migraines are characterized by throbbing pain associated with nausea, vomiting, and visual disturbance. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it affects two-thirds of men and 80% of women in developing countries. They are more common in the morning when some people wake up with them. Migraine is the nineteenth most common cause of disability worldwide and it reduces the social life of people who suffer from it by about 60%.
No matter what triggers migraines, what they all have in common is that a migraine headache causes restricted blood flow to the brain when muscles at the base of the skull constrict.
It is interesting to know the various factors that cause migraines. However, even medical experts are not yet certain what really causes migraines. In some studies, they have found out that they may root from the changes in the brain that affect the blood vessels, the balance of chemicals, and the way the nerve communicates. If you have a family history of migraines, you can also be at high risk of acquiring it. Genetics, just like in some other health conditions, can play a big role in migraine episodes.
So, what can trigger migraines?
Medical News Today shared the following list of migraine triggers:
- Hormonal changes (more common in women, especially during menstruation)
- Dietary factors (some types of foods can trigger migraine-like chocolate, alcohol, citrus fruits, cheese, and caffeine)
- Environmental factors (these factors can be present at home or workplaces, such as flickering screens, loud noises, bright lights, change in temperatures, strong smell, and stuffy rooms)
- Emotional triggers (emotions such as excitement, anxiety, depression, and stress)
- Certain medications (medicines like hormone replacement therapy, sleeping pills, and birth control pills)
Other possible triggers that can cause migraines are low blood sugar, lack of sleep, missed meals, tiredness, jet lag, physical overexertion, poor posture, the tension in the neck and shoulder, and dehydration.
Different Types of Migraines Everyone Should Be Aware Of
According to Healthline.com, there are two types of migraines: migraines with auras and migraines with no auras.
In one of its published posts, it discussed the difference between the two:
“Migraines with auras — which were formerly called classic migraines — commonly cause you to experience visual disturbances in conjunction with your other migraine symptoms. For example, you might see zig-zagging lines, lights that look like stars or dots, or even have a blind spot before your migraine starts. Other possible vision changes include distorted vision or temporary loss of your vision.”
Migraine with auras is said to be related to hearing since there are instances that the person experiences ringing in the ear before the headache begins.
“In some cases, migraines without auras can be accompanied by anxiety, depression, or fatigue that generally sets in several hours prior to the headache pain. In the absence of an aura, some people who experience this type of migraine may have other warning signs, such as feeling thirsty or sleepy, or craving sweets.” This is how they described migraines without auras.
In some instances, migraines without auras can be accompanied by depression, fatigue, and anxiety that happens a few hours before the headache pain starts.
Cupping Massage for Migraine
Research has proved that facial cupping for migraines is an effective treatment for headaches. The first research study published in 2008 by The American Journal of Chinese Medicine. The aim of this research was to evaluate the effectiveness of any cupping therapy in the treatment of tension headache and migraines.
In a research conducted in 2017 and with the title “Changing Efficacy Of Wet Cupping Therapy in Migraine with Lunar Phase: A Self-Controlled Interventional Study”, revealed that cupping therapy is effective in treating migraines.
A highlight of the research stated:
“The results of the present study, conducted to evaluate the effect of WCT in migraine treatment, show that WCT is effective in the treatment of migraine, and the effect on MIDAS, VAS, and the number of attacks was significantly better when the application was made in the second half of the month compared to those made in the first half. WCT applied in the second half of the month was more effective on migraine, which could be related to the melatonin level. The above information shows that the reduction in melatonin levels could be caused by both the low level of melatonin in migraine patients and by the geomagnetic biological effect.”
Also mentioned in the study is that in its related literature, it was found out that wet cupping therapy is reported to be effective in treating various health conditions such as skelalgia, low back pain, acne, fibromyalgia, infection pain, asthma, cough, urticaria, headaches, and generalized pain.
Simple cupping techniques can help improve blood flow, ease congestion, promote draining, relax muscles, and decrease stress, all of which may be the root of your headache pain.
Cupping can help alleviate migraine frequency and severity. This treatment will help promote blood flow, stimulate the release of serotonin and endorphin. These two hormones help regulate a person’s pain and mood. If you feel neck, shoulder, and back stiffness with your migraine, cupping can help, for it releases muscle tightness and spasms. It addresses pain routed at the deep tissue level. Cupping can be helpful to patients suffering from a range of conditions related to the head and neck area by reducing stress and tension in the facial muscles.How To Do Cupping To Release Tension Headaches?
Below are some of the effective ways and techniques on how to do cupping to relieve migraine headaches.
- Apply oil to the base of the neck to facilitate strong adhesion of the cup to the skin.
- Squeeze and place 2 face cups (bigger cups in the Facial Cupping Set) to the base of the neck (see Figure) and leave in a static position for 7 to 10 minutes. Continue gliding a cup up and down along the base of the neck for several minutes to balance the tension.
- Use a large facial cup to massage the forehead and temples following the Figure above. (keep the cup moving to avoid marks).
There is no specific cure for migraines. Treatment focuses on relieving symptoms and preventing additional attacks. Try to do these things when your migraine occur:
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
- Try to rest in a quiet and dark room with your eyes closed.
- An ice pack or cold compress on your forehead works too.
Also, try to do some changes in your lifestyle so as to prevent your migraine. Stress management such as exercise, yoga, and some relaxation techniques. List down the things that you think may trigger your migraine. Learn the things to avoid migraines, such as certain medications or the foods you eat.
Facial cupping is a fantastic treatment and when it is done right, you can achieve that youthful-looking and glowing skin. For more information on how to find the best cupping solution for migraines, leave us a comment or contact us at Rave and Rejuvenate. We’ll be more than happy to serve you :).
Rave & Rejuvenate Team