There are more than 39 million people in the US alone, looking for effective migraine care. While some medications can help remediate migraine symptoms or even reduce the frequency of episodes, more and more people are searching for natural migraine relief.
One way to find some relief from migraines is through self-care that you can provide in the privacy of your own home. We’re going to look at several ways to reduce the frequency and severity of migraines through home remedies. However, for long-term natural migraine relief, we will conclude our article with therapy that has helped many patients in case studies.
Lifestyle Adjustments for Natural Migraine Relief
We are going to show you some changes you can make to your daily routine that may help you to have fewer or less severe migraines. Here are some of the most important adjustments you can make.
Cope with Stress in Positive Ways
The primary trigger of migraines for most patients is stress. In fact, you can end up having a migraine both when stress levels spike as well as when they suddenly drop off during relaxation. Therefore, a migraine can strike when you have that big presentation at work and get stressed out about it, but then you may have another one when you take a quick weekend getaway and drop your stress levels rapidly. The main issue involves hormone levels rapidly changing in response to stress. Therefore, you need to control your stress levels. Some positive ways to manage stress include:
- Talking to someone about your stressors
- Positive meditation
- Therapeutic massage
Be sure to avoid negative stress relievers like drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes, all of which can make migraines worse.
Have a Regular Sleep Schedule
Changes to your sleep schedule can bring on a migraine episode. This can include staying up too late, waking up during the night, getting up earlier than usual in the morning, or even sleeping in. Therefore, it is essential to set a regular time to go to bed and wake up. Stick to this schedule, even on your day off. Create the right environment for sleep by keeping the room quiet and dark, and don’t use your mobile devices in bed.
Maintain a Regular Eating Schedule
Missing meals can also throw off your body chemistry and lead to a migraine. Thus, it is vital for migraineurs to eat regularly throughout the day. If you don’t want to eat three major meals during the day, you can eat more frequent, smaller meals. Just be careful not to skip a meal, even if you are busy or are not that hungry.
Avoid Medication Overuse
Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking that a pill that is sold over the counter is safe and won’t have any side effects. However, many of the medications that people use for headaches are not intended for long-term or frequent use. As a result, you may be adding to your headaches by taking ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or other pain relievers too often since most of these drugs can cause rebound headaches (medication overuse headaches).
Use Proper Posture
It is not a coincidence that about 75% of migraineurs present with neck pain. We will discuss this in more depth in just a moment. For now, the important thing to remember is that your posture can have a bearing on your migraine frequency and severity. Be particularly cognizant of your posture if you work in an office and sit at a desk looking at monitors all day long. Screens should always be at eye level.
Not only is exercise good for your spine, but it can also help you to cope with stress and to keep your pain levels down. This is because exercise releases feel-good hormones that actually combat stress hormones. Exercise also improves blood flow, and that can play a significant role in migraines. If you are not getting enough blood to your brain, migraines can result. This is also why caffeine may help during an attack – just be careful not to overdo it because too much caffeine may trigger a migraine.
These are some of the lifestyle changes that may be able to help you reduce the frequency and severity of your migraines. However, for long-term natural migraine relief, you need to address underlying factors. For many patients, this involves correcting an upper cervical misalignment.
Natural Migraine Relief with Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
A misalignment in the top two bones of the neck can create the environment in the body that leads to migraines. What are some of the results of even a slight subluxation of the C1 and C2?
- Reduced brainstem function – Migraine patients often suffer from brainstem functionality issues. Since the C1 surrounds the brainstem, even a slight misalignment can put pressure on this critical CNS component.
- Inhibited blood flow – Since the cervical vertebrae facilitate blood flow to the brain, any misalignments can reduce this flow of blood and oxygen. One of the many possible results can be migraines.
- Increased intracranial pressure – When the upper cervical spine is misaligned, cerebrospinal fluid may fail to drain properly. This can lead to pooling in the head and an increase in intracranial pressure. Migraines are one of the many neurological issues that can stem from this pressure increase.
If you are suffering from migraines, it makes sense to find out if you have an upper cervical misalignment. Upper cervical chiropractors specialize in detecting and gently correct this specific misalignment. Find a practitioner in your area, and you may discover the secret to natural migraine relief.