Next time you have a headache or experience a migraine, instead of reaching for a pain pill, reach for the Bellabaci Massage Cups.
Migraines usually involve a restriction in blood flow to the brain. Stress causes muscle tension and spasms at the base of the skull, restricting the blood supply to the brain. As a result, blood vessels in and around the brain dilate in order to compensate for the reduced oxygen. The pressure of these dilating arteries on cranial nerves causes the severe throbbing pain associated with migraine headaches.
Now there’s a non-chemical, non-invasive treatment available. Simply apply the Bellabaci Massage Cups to the base of the neck for 10 minutes. This encourages a free flow of fresh oxygenated blood to the head, removing toxins and releasing muscular tension of the neck, which is very often the main cause of headaches.
Medical statistics show that the most popular reason to visit a doctor is for the treatment of pain, and of all the types of pain that exist, headaches are the most common. Generally the treatment for a headache is a prescription for pain tablets. There are times when the headache is due to another potentially dangerous underlying condition and in those cases it’s important to seek medical attention immediately. (See below).
As a headache sufferer you will know the burden that accompanies frequent headaches. Your quality of life is negatively affected, the pain is distressing and can be debilitating, and often a headache strikes at the most inconvenient time.
Migraines are sometimes called vascular headaches because they involve a restriction in blood flow to the brain. Stress, or some other trigger, causes muscle tension and spasm at the base of the skull, restricting the blood supply to the brain. In response, blood vessels in and around the brain dilate in order to compensate for the reduced oxygen. The pressure of these dilating arteries on cranial nerves causes the severe throbbing pain associated with migraine headaches.
Fortunately a simple, non-chemical and non-invasive treatment exists in the form of Cupping Therapy.
An emerging and highly effective alternative therapy treatment for migraine headaches is the Bellabaci massage, a form of massage cupping, which utilizes round silicone hand squeezed cups. The Bellabaci Cups are applied to the body surface by way of vacuum suction. By simply squeezing the pliable cup and applying to the skin, a vacuum is created once the cup is released against the skin. The local area of low pressure causes the blood to gather under the cup near the surface of the skin, creating an immediate improvement in circulation. In particular, cupping helps to reset or regulate the tension in the arteries… helping to relax overly tense arteries and tighten those that are too lax. Cupping therapy treatment on certain areas on the back can produce this regulating effect throughout the entire body.
Over the years many patients have been successfully treated with Cupping Therapy for their headaches. The treatment has proven to significantly reduce both the severity of pain and the frequency of the headaches. The types of headaches have ranged from unexplained chronic daily headaches to migraines, cluster headaches, tension headaches, sinus type headaches and headaches caused by muscular-skeletal or neck tension.
Using the Bellabaci cups at home, provides an alternative treatment, without reaching in to the medicine cabinet. Simply apply the cups to the base of the neck for 10 minutes, this allows a free flow of fresh oxygenated blood to the head, removing toxins and releasing muscular tension of the neck, which is very often the main cause of headaches.
This action will leave a circular cup kiss or “bruise” which is associated with cupping.
In our body and image conscious Western society, the advent of Allopathic medicine, the introduction of suppressant pharmaceuticals and lack of understanding, people, upon observing this “bruising” after effect, shied from cupping therapy, making it unpopular and sadly, frowned upon, many mistaking the “cup kiss” as an actual bruise.
A holistic approach to treatment is necessary as this will address the underlying cause of your headaches. For example, if the headache is as a result of muscular tension, then posture correction, specific exercises, stress management and self-massage may be recommended. The cupping itself will help to ease muscle spasms and tension in the neck area. If the sinuses are blocked, then diet and environment will need to be addressed, and possibly some medication prescribed to treat an underlying infection. In this case the cupping will help to eliminate congestion. Each patient has a different cause for their headache and needs to be treated accordingly.
For those of you or your loved ones who suffer from frequent headaches and have “tried everything” I’d encourage you to try this simple technique, the treatment will provide you with that long overdue relief from your pain.
In addition to cupping, dietary and lifestyle changes can often help to reduce the frequency and severity of headaches. In this regard, the following suggestions may be helpful.
To find out if any of these foods are a trigger for you, experiment by eliminating one at a time for a couple of weeks and observe any change in the frequency or severity of your headaches. In addition, a number of prescription medications can cause migraine headaches in some people. Read the information sheet which comes with your medication and if headaches are a possible side effect, consult with your Health Practitioner to see if an alternative medication can be suggested.
A Note on MOH (Medication Overuse Headaches)
MOH or Rebound headaches are very common but difficult to self-diagnose. Overuse of medication worsens the headache. If you’ve been taking over the counter or prescription medication for severe headaches more than twice a week for more than 3 months, you could be at risk for MOH. It is essential to be under the supervision of a health care professional if you suspect that you are suffering from MOH. Some medications can be stopped abruptly, others need weaning. You will need the support of a doctor to guide you through the medication withdrawal process.
Self-help for headaches:
• Dehydration is a leading cause of headaches. Ensure that you’re drinking at least 1.5L of water daily. This excludes other liquids.
• Try to track the triggers of your headaches which could include flickering lights (TV, PC screens, fluorescent bulbs), stress, something in your diet (ice cream headache, cheese, wine, dried fruit, processed and junk foods, foods high in fat and sugar), weather conditions, strong odors, tight hair accessories, excessive exercise, neck tension, poor posture, blood sugar dips and spikes from skipping meals, stimulants (caffeine, cigarette smoke, sugar), PMS. Once you’ve identified a trigger take steps to eliminate or reduce exposure to it.
• Learn stress management and relaxation techniques that you enjoy to help you during the inevitable ups and downs of life.
• Nourish your body with healthy food and fresh fruit and vegetables daily.
• Take regular exercise.
• If your headache is the result of another condition (e.g. hypertension) ensure that you address and treat the underlying cause.Shop Bellabaci