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Headache Pain: Can IV Therapy Help?

In the last year, as many as three-quarters of the world’s adult population has had at least one headache, and about a third of all adults have had one or more migraines. Many people suffer from recurring or chronic headaches that can interfere with normal activities like work and sleep.

At Skin Shop medSpa in Houston, Texas, Tiffany Su, MD, helps patients combat headaches with IV therapy customized for your unique needs and symptoms. If you’re suffering from headaches, here’s how IV treatment could help you find relief. 

IV therapy and headaches

Maybe one of the reasons headaches are so common is because so many things can trigger them. Stress is one of the most common and well-known causes of headache pain, along with stress-induced inflammation. But headaches can also be caused by dehydration, food allergies, and even nutrient deficiencies.

In fact, some studies have shown that the nutrients we consume can help treat headache pain and even prevent it by regulating specific chemicals and altering nerve signalling. Unfortunately, many Americans are chronically depleted in several key nutrients, including nutrients that help us prevent and manage headaches and other types of pain.

Yes, you could take vitamin supplements to replace those missing nutrients, but vitamin tablets and capsules must pass through the digestive tract, where digestive chemicals and even other foods or medicines can wind up breaking down those minerals or making them ineffective. 

What’s more, some common health issues can prevent nutrients from being absorbed, which means that even though your supplement may contain a specific amount of a nutrient, your body might be absorbing a lot less.

IV therapy works by administering key vitamins, minerals, nutrients, antioxidants, and other key nutrients directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system so more nutrients reach the organs and tissues that need them. Because your infusion is administered directly into your bloodstream, those nutrients are available more quickly, working to provide your body with the tools it needs to battle headache pain and prevent it from recurring.

What to expect during treatment

Treatment begins with a consultation with Dr. Su to discuss your specific symptoms, so she can customize your IV infusion for your needs. Once your unique infusion is formulated, you recline in a comfortable chair while Dr. Su inserts the IV into your arm.

The IV needle is attached to a long, flexible tube. The tube connects to a special bag filled with your custom solution, combined with saline for added hydration and better absorption. 

During your treatment, the solution will drip from the bag into the tube at a steady rate, then travel directly into your bloodstream. Most treatments last about 45-60 minutes.

There’s no downtime after your treatment, which means you can return to your regular routine. In fact, IV infusion is so convenient, most people can easily fit it into even the busiest schedule. Plus, since IV therapy doesn’t use drugs, you don’t have to worry about the side effects that often accompany many headache pain medications.

Find relief for your headaches

Headaches are one of the most common medical complaints worldwide, and they’re also a common cause of missed work. If you find your headaches are interfering with your work or social activities — or just making it hard to relax and enjoy your life — infusion therapy could be just what you need to start feeling better. 

To learn more about IV infusion therapy, schedule a consultation by calling our office or booking an appointment online today.

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