Headaches are awful, and migraine take that to a higher level. Medication can provide a temporary short term help, but when the problem is ongoing, or re-occurring, the pain could become unbearable. Most people who suffer from serious migraines might not be able to function normally during an attack. Exact causes of migraines are often hard to determine, but research indicates that there are certain triggers such as processed foods, sugary beverages, stress and sleeping problems that can initiate an attack. Below are some reliefs to help you get rid of these unwanted visitors:
#1. Utilizing Temperature Therapy
Using either hot or cold compresses on the area of pain may help tremendously. Cold compress produces a numbing effect, which may reduce the sensation of pain. Hot packs, heating pads, and hot baths can relax tense muscles.
#2. Maintaining a calm environment
Stress is your physical, mental, and emotional reaction to any change in your environment. In people with migraines, the brain is calibrated to react more strongly to these changes – this is why migraines can begin or get more severe with stress. In order to prevent this from happening, resting in a room with little or no sensory stimulation such as light, sound, or odors, and withdrawing from stressful surroundings are recommended.
#3. Maintaining a healthy diet
Breaking your meals into smaller portions throughout the day can prevent migraine attacks in a variety of ways. It can prevent headaches stemmed from hunger and help avoid weight gain, which is another possible factor that may increase the frequency of migraine attacks. A healthful diet should consist of fresh foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.
#4. Sleeping well
Better sleep means fewer frequency and intensity of migraines. Researches have shown that going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day of the week and having a relaxing sleep routine will remarkably decrease the chance of having a migraine attack.
#5. Drinking a moderate amount of caffeine
In moderation, caffeine can either relieve migraine pain in the early stages or enhance the pain-reducing effects of painkillers. However, drinking too much caffeine can often can lead to withdrawal headaches; in other words, if you are a heavy coffee drinker, skipping your daily dose may cause withdrawal symptoms.
#6. Using chiropractic treatment
If you are experiencing prolonged indications of a migraine headache, please consult one of our chiropractors at PostureWorks in San Francisco. Researchers in the chiropractor field have proved that migraine headache could develop when one or more of the tiny neck bones are misaligned or forced out of normal position. Considering that the nerves and blood vessels pass through small openings and canals in between the neck bones (vertebrae), misalignment naturally will cause a pinching-traction that stretches these nerves and blood vessels leading to the head. It is usually a simple matter for the chiropractor to use body manipulation to influence the frequency and intensity of migraine headaches because stretching and adjusting the bones, joints and body tissues can impact the way blood vessels function. By bringing the body into balance, the migraine headaches will then be dismissed.