|Headache Treatment: Magnesium and TENS|
Although no specific studies have been done to confirm that magnesium is useful in treating headaches, yet in some patients, it has been found to be an effective remedy for headaches. Magnesium is generally used as a preventative measure and is most useful for treating migraines and sometimes cluster headaches as well. Magnesium makes certain vascular changes, which prevent headache, in the first place itself. Some trials also show that it can be used in abortive migraine treatment.
The recommended dose of magnesium is 200-500 mg per day, and an intake of a higher dose may cause toxic reactions in your body. Therefore, you must consult a physician before you start taking magnesium to treat your headache.
The other principle on which the TENS machine works is to straightaway block the pain signals from being transmitted to the brain. This is the more popular method of usage.
Almost all the TENS unit operate on a small 9-volt battery. Though these devices are most useful in neck and back problems, headaches can also be cured with the help of these units. Since the TENS machines have virtually no side-effects, they can be used by almost anybody, except for a few exceptional cases. These include pregnant ladies, epileptic patients, people using pacemakers and by those whose cause of pain has not been diagnosed yet.
Using the TENS machine requires a particular process to be followed. So, it is important to consult your doctor before you start using this machine.