Pain is a huge obstacle to living life to the fullest, and one of the more common conditions are migraines. According to Migraine.com, over thirty million people in this country suffer from the condition, and several million of those are chronic sufferers. That means days spent in bed, instead of enjoying the day or chasing a goal.
Women, in particular, are susceptible, according to the site, and the lower income you are, the more likely you are to suffer from one. Reading up on the condition, that’s not surprising. Stress is definitely a real factor, as are other things you might not have thought about. Below you’ll find some of the best ideas from around the web to help keep your migraines under control and get back to enjoying life.
Tips for Migraine Relief
Improve your Diet
According to most of the articles out there, there is one common factor that can raise your chances of getting migraines: magnesium. Low levels are apparently common in suffers, especially when they’re chronic suffers from the condition. There are a lot of ways to correct that, from taking a supplement, to eating more foods that contain magnesium. If you’re unsure, talk to your doctor about this and see where your levels stand. Feverfew is another supplement that is recommended by most sites. However, they do recommend caution before taking any herbal remedies, particularly for those who are already on conventional medicines, as there are be interactions. Consult a doctor and/or a pharmacist to make sure that a herbal supplement you’ve chosen won’t interfere with your medication.
There’s another dietary factor that you might not have thought of. According to a study, high-fat foods, cheese, and allergies can actually bring these on. Take some time to really tune in to your body and see if you can find a connection between your migraines and what you’ve been eating. Look up the article for more foods/drinks that are sometimes associated with migraines and try eliminating them from your diet for a while and see if you notice any changes.
Aromatherapy is another way people have controlled migraines and is one of the most popular natural methods found online when searching for holistic migraine relief. Peppermint and lavender seem to be the most popular choices.
Sometimes diet has nothing to do with it. If you’re stressed, there is a greater chance of getting a migraine. It’s obviously not always easy to reduce stress if one’s life is hectic, but making a little bit of time for meditation, exercise, and sleep can be a huge help. This is another thing professionals in the field recommend to reduce migraines and prevent chronic headaches. Can you carve out even a few minutes in the day for some meditation or journaling? If so, do it and see how that helps.
You can practice this guided meditation for migraines in your room, at the beach, or your quiet office.
Get a Massage
If changing your diet and making a little time for relaxation hasn’t helped, then there are people who can assist. One of the common recommended things online is visiting a chiropractor, as suggested on by many specialists. Often, these treatments can help. Acupuncture and acupressure treatments are also a great option to help, without having to resort to medications.
One other thing found online is tapping. This is a process similar to acupressure, where one taps their fingers of certain spots in a certain order. By coming into contact with certain points (meridians), you’re able to send signals to your brain that helps to relieve a number of conditions. According to a research, over ten million people have used this technique to help heal themselves.
Finally, reflexology is another recommended method. This uses certain points on the head, hands, and feet that correspond with various organs in the body. By massaging and using pressure on these points, one can affect the corresponding organ and aid in healing a number of conditions.
These are only a few of the various methods found online. Whatever method you choose, make sure you follow your instincts, as well as advice from your doctor. If they don’t work for you, keep searching until you find the method that’s best for you. It’ll be worth the effort.
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