Chronic headaches and migraines have many causes. As a person ages or if they have suffered a traumatic head injury, changes can take place in the vascular portions of the brain.
These small changes can constrict blood flow to the brain, depriving it of both nutritional support and much needed oxygen. Doctors are now exploring the use of stem cells to correct the structure of abnormal blood vessels, restoring blood flow and reducing the frequency and severity of migraines and other types of headache pain.
Origin of Stem Cells
In addition to the umbilical cord blood of a newborn baby, stem cells can also be harvested from fat cells or adipose tissue, blood vessels, the liver, the brain and in blood marrow.
Stem cells are small blank slates that, when properly used, can become almost any type of cell within the body. Given time, they can rejuvenate tissues within the body and correct abnormalities that may not otherwise be treated. In most cases, the cells used in stem cell therapy sessions come from the patient’s own body.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?
Stem cells contain no genetic codes. By exposing them to certain types of tissue, the stem cells begin to evolve into and become those cells. Stem cells grow and proliferate, replacing the dying and damaged cells that are causing harmful responses in the body.
Stem cells can be taken from a patient’s own body. By using a patient’s own stem cells, their body will respond much faster to the treatment and begin to heal more efficiently.
Correcting Abnormal Vessel Structure
Migraines and chronic headache pain can be caused by many different changes in the body. Abnormal blood vessel structure can cause blood flow to the brain to be restricted. Stem cells are injected into or delivered through an intravenous infusion to the bloodstream.
Concentrated amounts of stem cells are directed to the injured area of the body and allowed to blend with the cells and tissues that need to be repaired. The healing occurs when the new cells begin to take the place and function of the damaged cells. Correcting abnormal blood vessel structure in this manner can dramatically reduce the pain of chronic headaches and migraines.
Houston Headache Institute
At the Houston Headache Institute, our doctors are using cutting-edge technology to help reduce and manage chronic headache pain, including stem cell treatments. With stem cell therapy, we can help our patients find lasting relief from migraine and headache pain.