Explaining migraine pain itself is often very difficult. Migraine pain is very subjective and at this time we have no method of objectively measuring it. The pain that occurs during a migraine is whatever the person experiencing it says it is and that varies from individual to individual.
Cause (Oxidative Stress)
"Oxidative stress is essentially an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants. Like an apple turns brown when exposed to air, our cells can "rust" when we breathe due to oxidative stress, a process caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage or "oxidize" cells throughout the body in a process called oxidative stress."
A recent study at the University of Maine concluded that oxidative stress "is a plausible unifying principle behind migraine triggers". Oxidative stress triggers "neurogenic inflammation."
The leading over-the-counter medicines like Excedrin, Motrin, Advil, Aleve and Tylenol contain acetaminophen, aspirin, naproxen and caffeine. They are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that may offer some relief. Prescription drugs like Imitrex, Zomig, Ergomar and others are anticonvulsants, antidepressants, bata-blockers and antihistamines and while they may provide relief they all can cause serious side effects.
Drug treatment for migraine is used to block or reduce inflammation but side effects from drug use can be as debilitating as the symptom being treated. Nausea and vomiting are common others include dizziness, weakness, difficulty thinking, chest pain and constipation. Recently Botox has been used to treat migraine but it can cause serious side effects that can be life threatening.
Another problem with using drugs or overusing drugs to treat migraine is rebound headaches. According to the Mayo Clinic, "Rebound headaches (medication-overuse headaches) are caused by regular, long-term use of medication to treat headaches, such as migraine. Pain relievers offer relief for occasional headaches. Rebound headaches usually stop when you stop taking the pain medication
Based on the recent breakthrough identifying neurogenic inflammation as the result of oxidative stress it stands to reason that the first and best treatment for migraine is to reduce the inflammation. ICE DOWN cold therapy does just that. As a matter of fact the quicker your reaction time in applying ICE DOWN the quicker you can reduce pain.
How does ICE DOWN treat migraine? ICE DOWN draws the heat out. In other words it sets up a heat exchange pulling the heat out of the area of application thereby reducing inflammation. The benefits derived are an endorphin release, the body's natural opiates which reduce pain, a reduction of inflammation and vasoconstriction. The same as migraine drugs without side effects. No drug can cause the body to produce endorphins but ICE DOWN does.
Not only does the ICE DOWN migraine head wrap relieve, reduce or stop pain it often does so quite dramatically. There is clear evidence of the benefit and efficacy of ICE DOWN. Observations during the clinical study leave no doubt to the efficacy of ICE DOWN. It is highly effective in treating, relieving and reducing or stopping migraine pain.
The benefit derived from using I.C.E. DOWN to treat migraine is actually better than the leading drugs for the treatment of migraine. Like the drugs used for migraine treatment ICE DOWN reduces inflammation and causes vassal constriction with the added benefit of providing endorphin production. It is exactly the same as those provided by drugs but without side effects. It is 100% safe and effective and provides a life-long alternative to drugs with no side effects.