Jyrki Mäkelä has a very personal relationship with migraines. His migraine headaches started in the early 90s whilst a student at the Eastern Finland Sport Institute, at which time his passion for understanding and
managing this disorder, to improve quality of life, was born.
Migraine is a hereditary neurological disorder mostly affecting women, although men and children might also experience this disease. Some 15% of the global population suffers from migraines. This disorder, or rather spectrum of disorders, often takes root in childhood, but it may also develop in adult age, as in the case of Borreliosis (Lyme disease) which can offset a migraine disorder. Common migraine symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and sensitivity to light. The intensity of symptoms varies from moderate to severe, often having a debilitating effect on the person’s quality of life.
The recurrent and chronic nature of the disorder prompted Jyrki on a quest to develop non-medicinal migraine treatments. His background as a licensed massage therapist equipped him to experiment with techniques he had learned from one of his teachers in the Sport Institute. It took 15 years of testing different techniques and
myth busting about migraine to create his method. Jyrki was systematically analyzing the impact of migraine on the human body and documenting the experiences of patients, in order to dive deep into the nature of this
disease and discover what triggers it, fuels it, and affects the duration of an attack. Finally, in 2010 Jyrki began offering migraine treatment, later known as CMT Method, as a standalone treatment for patients. Soon it transpired that, that while effective in alleviating symptoms in milder forms of migraine, the CMT Method was inadequate for achieving permanent results with chronic migraine sufferers. During next several
years, Jyrki kept on developing the treatment further by studying the nervous system in greater depth, reviewing the outcome of treatments and aspiring for a more holistic approach. As a result, a new more efficient and effective method, Migraine Rapid, debuted in spring 2014.
Since its first trials Migraine Rapid proved to be immensely more successful in attaining better, faster and more effective results. The time required to stop an acute attack reduced from 45-60 minutes to 15 minutes, and the
time required for achieving long lasting effects in chronic cases of migraine reduced from a few months to 2-4 weeks.
Currently Blue Bear Clinic accepts patients at his clinic in central Helsinki. Jyrki and his team work together with medical experts to provide better help to their patients. Due to the effective results of the Migraine Rapid, the treatment can also be applied to people suffering from borreliosis (Lyme disease). One of Jyrki’s most distinguished success stories involves a patient, wheelchair-bound because of borreliosis. Now she has been able to get out of her wheelchair and has started moving on her own accord again.
Jyrki and his team work from a very client friendly standpoint, in which each individual as such and not a case, and their stories are heard and understood with the appropriate care and attention. Being pummeled by
medical jargon at the clinic is unheard of rather the therapist speaks in a manner comprehendible to the average Joe. Additionally, every patient walks out of the clinic with a set of self-care instructions in pocket. Jyrki has one more ace up his sleeve: he feels that if you can laugh at your own situation, half the battle is already won.
Story By Anna Paldanius