What is the MiRx® Protocol headache treatment?
Every year, Americans spend more than $4 billion dollars to mask headache pain even though the risk of side effects for pain medication is high and most do not prevent future pain. The MiRx Protocol® is a revolutionary new procedure using the Tx360® nasal applicator for instant pain relief and long-lasting results. It is FDA approved and only available from select practitioners.
Doctors have known for over 100 years that head pain is controlled by the Sphenopalatine Ganglion (SPG), a nerve cluster in the nasal cavity. In order to reach the SPG, a specialized nasal applicator (the Tx360®) was developed to painlessly reach it. The TX360® is a soft and flexible filament that allows an anesthetic agent to be sprayed directly onto the SPG.
Without any needles, the result is often instant pain relief, with most patients reporting a decrease in pain on a scale from 8 to 2 within seconds. The MiRx® Protocol has also been clinically proven to provide long-term effects for migraines and headaches including a reduction in frequency, duration, and level of pain to total head pain elimination.
It is also approved for pregnant women.
What types of head pain does the MiRx® Protocol treat?
The MiRx® Protocol can treat both classic migraines (with auras), common migraines (without auras), and other types of headaches. This includes:
- Basilar artery: Hormonal deviation migraines, often associated with menstruation. It can cause incoherence and loss of balance.
- Hemiplegic: Similar to the sensation of a stroke, this migraine can cause dizziness, numbness, and temporary paralysis to one side of the body.
- Ophthalmoplegic: Also the sign of an aneurysm, this migraine temporarily paralyzes the ocular muscles with vision fluctuations.
- Retinal: Also known as an ocular migraine, in only one eye you will see flashes of light, zigzag patterns, shimmering spots, or blindness. May be accompanied by numbness on the face or head.
- Status migrainosus: Also called an intractable migraine, this is a migraine that lasts longer than 72 hours, accompanied by pain and nausea. Hospitalization may be required, especially for dehydration if vomiting is constant.
It is also designed to treat tension headaches, cluster headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, atypical face pain, and cervicogenic headaches.
What can I expect during a treatment?
In your first visit, you’ll consult with one of our health care providers and potentially have a physical exam, as needed. If you’ve tried other non-invasive methods such as chiropractic adjustments without success or your head pain is very severe, you can expect that we’ll recommend the MiRx® Protocol more quickly.
The treatment is usually in two parts and can be provided at the same time:
- The medical component involves application of a local anesthetic (usually lidocaine) to the SPG with the TX360® nasal applicator.
- The physical component involving physical therapy, ergonomic modifications, dietary changes, weight loss, chemical imbalance, cranial sacral therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and/or massage therapy.
While most patients experience immediate pain relief from the medical component, for the best long-term effect a typical treatment cycle consists of applying the anesthetic for 4 to 6 weeks 2 times per week. If your case is more or less acute or you experience immediate results after 1 treatment, we will adjust your treatment plan with you.
The biomechanical component can also reinforce the medical component, as well as help identify root causes of your chronic headaches and eliminate triggers. This solidifies your results so that once the treatment cycle is complete, your headaches don’t recur due to triggers or habits.
After the treatment cycle is complete, most patients report a total elimination of migraines, headaches, and face and head pain.