How do I help my migraines and headaches myself?

Do you wake up feeling foggy or have to pre-plan your day because your headache or migraine may be too debilitating? Is it hard to stare at a computer screen or go outside and enjoy the sunny days since the light hurts your eyes? Are you having trouble enjoying quality time with your friends and family without having to deal with pain? Or do you find yourself sitting there holding your head hoping that will stop some of the pain? Read more here or contact us to learn more! 

cycle to avoid headaches and migraines

How to avoid headaches or migraines?

  • Sleep
  • Exercising
  • Stay Hydrated
  • Eat Healthier
  • Get your spine checked

There are so many options you can do to help migraines and headaches and most people choose medications like Advil and Tylenol but you don’t want to be taking that every day to just help stop the pain for a couple of hours.

Let’s talk about the ways you can help heal your pain by adding these simple tasks to your everyday routine.

Not only does Exercising help your body and the way that you live your everyday life but it can also help with muscle relaxation and tension in your neck and head. When you’re tense you feel discomfort which can also cause bad blood flow and circulation. There are many ways to exercise and it doesn’t have to be at the gym, you can walk around your neighborhood or do things at home. When you exercise you get to release endorphins which can be said to be “Natural Painkillers” that will help with your mind and body. More benefits of exercising come with a better sleep rhythm. A full 7-8+ hours can change or stop the way your migraines or headaches start at the beginning of your day.

Each year more than 35 million people report suffering from Headaches and migraines

Sleep is an important factor when it comes to managing headaches and migraines. Having a good sleep schedule and occasionally adding in a nap can be a great addition to preventing the pain. Don’t have enough time in your day to take an hour’s nap? Well, the average and most productive way would be to take a 20-30 min nap, this can help with the rest of your day. Restoring your energy level can help with fatigue, feeling tired, and sleep deprivation. While you’re sleeping you are healing including repairing damaged tissues and reducing inflammation.

Eating healthy is very important and it can change the way you feel but also can help reduce your headaches and migraines. Typically people say you need to change your diet drastically and you can’t enjoy food anymore. That’s not the case, it may take some time out of your day to plan for a better option but you can keep eating delicious meals and continue helping your body. Here are some reasons why eating and maintaining a healthy diet is an essential way to live:

  1. Hydration
  2. Balance blood sugar
  3. Reduce Inflammation
  4. Provides essential nutrients

The list of common migraine and headache triggers:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Daily stress
  • Dehydration
  • Food sensitivities
  • Light sensitivities
  • Hormonal changes
  • Sleep irregularities
  • Food preservatives

triggers for migraines

These triggers can be removed from your daily life easily but others like stress, hormonal changes, and sleep irregularities can not. This is where chiropractic comes in. Chiropractic is known to help the body respond to stress better, improve hormone regulation, and help reduce sleep irregularities. All three of those triggers are controlled directly by the autonomic nervous system which is what chiropractic specializes in improving.

The adjustments that are performed by chiropractors on the spine are shown to reduce muscle tension, which increases blood flow and helps the body relax. This increased blood flow delivers more nutrients and oxygen to the brain and other parts of the body.

Can a chiropractor help my migraines or headaches?

Chiropractic is one of the most effective treatments for migraine sufferers. It is a safe and non-invasive way to effectively treat migraines. At Koru Chiropractic, we have gone above and beyond the normal chiropractic approach and utilize an advanced technique called NUCCA. This specialty is an upper cervical technique that utilizes advanced imaging so we can align the spine in an extremely specific way based on your unique misalignment. At Koru, we have had great success with treating migraines and our patients have been able to have an increased quality of life living with fewer and sometimes even complete cessation of their migraines. If you are interested in learning more about migraines and our unique Chiropractic approach check out more of our blogs to find out or contact us today for a free consultation! 

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