The month of June is National Migraine and Headache month recognizing the 10% of the population who are affected and the latest research and treatments recently developed. While there is no cure for migraines, scientists and neurologists continue to learn about this condition every day and so far more treatments and developments are being made.
Migraine management with Yoga –
According to a study published in the May 6, 2020, adding yoga to your regularly prescribed migraine treatment may be better than medication alone. American Academy of Neurology stated that the study showed people improved in both the medication-only group as well as the yoga group, but the benefit was higher in the yoga group in all areas, including headache frequency, pain intensity, use of medications as well as how much migraine interfered with daily life.”
Targeted Treatments –
In 2018, the FDA approved three medications. Emgality, Aimovig, and Ajoby, that target a protein known as Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) that helps your body transmit and respond to pain signals. These medications interfere with this protein to reduce the number of days that people experience migraine symptoms.
New Medication –
Scientists have been developing another Triptan medication called Lasmiditan that binds to the serotonin receptor know as 5-HT1F that studies have shown may help to relieve migraine symptoms in people with heart disease.
Brain Stimulation –
Low-intensity electrical currents have been used to stimulate parts of the brain as an alternative treatment for reducing the intensity and frequency of migraine symptoms. Transcutaneous direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) devices are available commercially and are noninvasive, painless, and quick to use to manage migraines.
Personalized treatments –
Each case is unique to the individual when it comes to selecting the right form of migraine treatment. Scientists are studying the underlying causes and mechanisms of migraines and their symptoms. They are looking to identify the different phases of migraines, the molecules and processes involved, and genetic testing to provide more successful treatment for those suffering.