How to Cope With Migraines

People deal with headaches all time, but migraine sufferers know that what they’re dealing with is no ordinary headache. Migraines can cause debilitating- almost mind numbing- pain that can slow life down to a crawl. Advice on how to deal with these particular headaches generally focuses on prevention rather than treatment. The best way to deal with a migraine is to never let it get a good start in the first place.

If you’re seeking out effective migraine treatment, you may want to consider scheduling an appointment with your chiropractic team. The chiropractor will evaluate your neck and spine to determine if there are any neuromuscular reasons for your severe headaches. Chiropractic adjustment can put your spine back in place; having your body in balance encourages your nerves to operate as efficiently as they possibly can. When your body is in balance, its natural ability to heal itself can be an incredible weapon for fighting migraine headaches (and other pains and illnesses as well).

In addition to chiropractic adjustments, there are other migraine treatment methods to consider. One of the simplest things that you can do for relief is to avoid these common migraine triggers:

  • Food – certain foods can trigger a migraine and some people are more sensitive to them than others. These foods include certain fruits, dairy products and alcoholic beverages.
  • Caffeine – caffeine can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to migraines; be mindful of how caffeine affects you and avoid it if it continually triggers headaches. On the other hand, some people report that caffeine helps relieve their migraine symptoms.
  • Medications – any medication that dilates your blood vessels can have an effect on your migraines. If you’re noticing any sort of symptoms after taking certain prescription medications, be sure to speak with your doctor to see if there are alternatives available.
  • Excessive stimuli – bright or flashing lights and overpowering smells like perfume or smoke can overwhelm your senses and act as a trigger, bringing on a migraine. Certain chemical smells and solvents can have this effect as well.
  • Sleep – as we all know, getting the right amount and quality of sleep is very important for the health of your mind and body. A lack of sleep can also increase stress, which is another migraine trigger.

You may find it helpful to keep a journal for a while, so you can track potential migraine culprits. While you’re at it, be sure to discuss any symptoms that you’re having or any changes that you plan on making with your chiropractor or other healthcare professional. They may be able to help with further advice or behavior modifications that you can include in your life to help stop the pain and suffering that you’re going through every time you have migraine headache.

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