If you get migraines, you’re no stranger to the throbbing pain, light sensitivity, and the overall toll they take on your body. Once a migraine strikes, they can disrupt your whole day (or longer) leaving you bed-ridden until symptoms subside. Since taking a sick day isn’t always an option for many of us, finding ways to relieve those symptoms can be incredibly important.
To start, understanding how your migraines affect you is the first step in finding relief. Each person who lives with migraines has their own unique set of symptoms, triggers, and warning signs. So if you haven’t pinpointed your triggers yet, try keeping a journal or tracking your migraines on a calendar. You might start to see some common threads pop up.
On top of tracking symptoms, below are some natural remedies and lifestyle changes that can be helpful in relieving migraine pain.
Stay Cool Scientists aren’t exactly sure why, but putting an ice pack on your head or neck can relieve migraine pain for many people. Ice works as an anti-inflammatory and it also provides a numbing effect to the skin, both of which could be reasons why ice helps ease migraine pain. So the next time you feel a headache coming on, head to the freezer, grab some frozen peas, and let the cold do its magic.
Exercise It does more than keep you trim. Exercise is a great way to increase blood flow and circulate oxygen through the body. Exercise also releases endorphins, which are naturally occurring chemicals in the brain that help relieve pain. The key, though, is to exercise regularly as a way to prevent headaches from starting.For some people, rigorous exercise can cause a headache. If you’re one of these people, consider a lower impact workout routine like yoga. Some research has shown that regular yoga sessions can reduce migraine frequency and lessen their intensity.
Get Your Vitamins Recent studies have suggested that adding riboflavin or B12 to your diet can reduce the frequency of migraines. B12 can be taken in pill form, but it’s also found in foods like fish, cheese, and chicken. Additionally, other studies suggested the similar outcomes from taking CoQ10 – another supplement found in meat but can also be taken as a pill. Before beginning a new regimen though, talk to your doctor. You could have a vitamin deficiency, so your doctor will let you how much is the right dose for you.
Meditate Meditation isn’t just for hippies anymore. Studies are starting to show that meditating regularly can play a role in reducing migraine frequency and length. One study showed that migraine sufferers who practiced meditation for 30 minutes a day had fewer migraines than the control group. On top of that, the duration of their migraines was an average of 3 hours shorter than the control group.If you’re not sure how to start meditating, there are apps that provide guided meditation, YouTube videos, and so much more to help you. We also have a Pinterest board full of meditation tips in case you get stuck.
Acupuncture A lot of people don’t like the idea of voluntarily poking themselves with needles, but there may actually be something to this practice. Some studies have shown that traditional Chinese acupuncture provided significant migraine relief for those who underwent treatment.One study in particular, reported that participants who received active treatment reported fewer migraines with less severity during the course of the study. These people continued to feel these effects three months after receiving treatment, suggesting that acupuncture could have lasting results for some people.
In addition to these tips, Neurocore offers an alternative treatment that could help with some of the challenges that come with living with migraines. Sign up for our newsletter or give us a call to learn more.
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Dickinson, Whitney. B12 & Migraines. (2017, August 14). Retrieved from https://www.livestrong.com/article/268141-b12-migraines/
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