You may think of technology being something that causes people headaches, but you can put your mobile devices to good use with these apps that can prove beneficial for migraines sufferers. First, we’ll look at 8 of our favorite migraine apps. Unless we say otherwise, these apps are available in both the Apple App Store(for iOS) and the Google Play Store (for Android). Plus, they are all free to download. After the list, we will let you know about an exciting way that some are experiencing natural migraine relief (with no apps or mobile devices required).
#1 Migraine Buddy
This is a simple way to maintain a migraine diary, which some medical professionals recommend in order to identify your personal triggers. Knowing what causes a migraine episode can allow you to avoid the circumstances that lead up to an attack, if possible. For some, this has led to a reduction in the frequency of migraine occurrence. The app also makes it easy to share your migraine diary with a healthcare professional.
#2 Relax Lite
This app helps you to learn relaxation techniques such as meditation and deep breathing. This can be important for a migraine sufferer because stress can trigger an episode. Deep breathing and meditation may help you to manage stress. It may also help you to sleep better at night which is vital for migraine sufferers since a lack of sleep can also lead to an attack.
#3 White Noise Free
This app provides ambient sounds to help you sleep. Again, sleep is vital for migraine patients. Besides white noise, there are some other things you can do to help yourself sleep better. These include:
- Having a set time for going to be each night
- Creating the right environment for sleep by eliminating lights and sounds that can inhibit sleep
- Eliminating the use of electronic devices in bed – once you turn on your ambient noise, you should put the phone down and sleep.
Apple users can benefit from this iOS app that connects you to a community of those who suffer from painful conditions. Having someone to talk to about your pain who really understands what you are going through can help to relieve some of the burden. The app is basically a social network for those who need support when it comes to dealing with a chronic ailment such as migraines. The sense of community can help alleviate stress and give you an outlet for difficult feelings.
#5 Migraine Coach
This is another great app for iOS users. It does just what the name says. It coaches those who get migraines to try and help you live your best life despite the condition. Migraine Coach not only helps you to identify triggers but then it provides you with alerts to let you know when the risk of a migraine is particularly high. Reports allow you to track behaviors that may be contributing to migraine occurrence, and then you receive suggestions to help you make lifestyle changes that may further reduce the frequency of migraines.
This iOS app allows an iPhone user to choose your 5 worst symptoms. Then you get help in managing those migraine symptoms. If you opt for the pay version, you get to select as many symptoms as you like and there are other features like a password protected journal so you can keep track of symptoms and triggers.
#7 Curelator Headache & Migraine
This is yet another option for iOS that allows you to track triggers and symptoms. It only takes 2 or 3 minutes per day to enter the required information. After 90 days, you are provided with a whole series of reports that can prove beneficial to your healthcare provider. Even if you just get 1 or 2 migraines per month, this app can help you to provide a doctor with a wealth of information for diagnosis and treatment purposes. If you get migraines even more frequently, you will end up with even more thorough reports at the end of the 90 days.
#8 Blue Light Filter for Migraine
This is a really unique app for Android users who suffer from migraines. It may be the only app on our list that is Android exclusive, but it may be one of the most important on the list. According to researchers, blue light can affect one’s ability to fall asleep by convincing the brain that it is still daytime. Also, blue light has been connected with migraines. So what this app does is filter out blue tones from your phone. You can control the amount of filtration by setting 3 particular levels to meet your needs.
Natural Migraine Relief
You will notice that none of these apps have anything to do with reminding you to take medicine. We like to promote drug-free relief for situations that don’t absolutely require medication and the accompanying side effects. Another way to find natural migraine relief is through upper cervical chiropractic care.
Upper cervical chiropractic involves very precise measurements of the top two bones of the spine using diagnostic imaging techniques. These measurements are then used to create a tailored adjustment for each patient that is extremely gentle.
For some migraine patients, especially those who experience neck pain before or during a migraine, this has proved to be a safe way to reduce the frequency and severity of attacks. Some patients have even experienced complete resolution of their migraine problem. If you would like to find out what upper cervical chiropractic can do for you, schedule an appointment with a practitioner in your area today.