Migraine headaches, especially chronic ones, are more than just an interference. They are debilitating and can sufficiently wreak havoc on a person’s entire life. Social, home and work life all get thrown up in the air when a migraine suffer experiences an attack.
Migraines are very difficult to control
Unlike common headaches that can be easier to control, migraine headaches are not. They attack at any time and are unrelenting in their affliction of pain. So, how does a person go about treating their chronic migraines, without constantly ingesting prescription drugs? Here are six methods for natural relief from migraines that you can use to treat your migraines without the need for pills, powders or artificial stimulants.
- Exercise-While I wouldn’t suggest exercising during a migraine attack, studies have proven that starting an exercise regime that gives you daily, constant movement and cardiovascular workouts is shown to greatly reduce the severity and number of migraine headaches sufferers experience. Start with working up to 10,00 steps per day and move into a high intensity interval training program for even better results.
- Meditation-More than just relaxation, prayer and meditation is shown to reduce stress which can be a leading cause to many migraine attacks. Stress headaches are often difficult to manage with conventional methods so meditation is a great alternative.
- Magnesium-Magnesium is a mineral that greatly effects nerve function among other things. Because of this, a deficiency in this mineral is thought to be related to the risk of migraine attacks on those who suffer from migraines. Studies have shown, increasing your magnesium intake, therefore, can reduce the number of attacks people suffer, especially in weeks nine to twelve. 200-600mg per day of magnesium has been shown to be beneficial. Magnesium lactate available from your physician or chiropractors office is much more beneficial than maggnesium oxide found in stores.
- Genetic Mutations, MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) is a genetic mutation that affects the way people process folate. Remember folic acid being important for the developingg baby’s nervous system. Well, what we’re finding is that many people have this genetic mutation and they don’t process folic acid at all, in fact folic acid will cause problems in those people including migraines. Getting tested for MTHFR and supplementing with methylated folate can reduce the attacks of migraines for chronic sufferers.
- Riboflavin-As part of the B-vitamin group, B2 to be exact, Riboflavin is important for the production of proteins interactions. WIthout enough riboflavin in your body, you can suffer a litany of problems including migraine headaches. A riboflavin supplement will help to alleviate the symptoms of your migraine headaches and eventually reduce your number of attacks.
- Chiropractic-Chiropractic care can be very beneficial for people who experience migraines. The nerve roots that travel out of the upper cervical spine affect the blood supply in the head and brain. This can lead to migraines. This imbalance, when corrected can help migraine sufferers. We tell our patients that when you feel the migraine coming on, that is the time to come into our office. Adjustments are most effective before the migraine hits full force. But they still can be very effective after.
How to have better long term results
Whichever method you choose, keep in mind that these may not be a complete cure for migraine headaches. Sufferers of chronic symptoms will have to use these methods routinely. The reoccurring schedule will help you to keep them away. For instance, visiting a chiropractor like Dr. Tompkins, can help you naturally and properly treat the symptoms of your migraine headaches.Prevention and management of migraine headaches is possible as long as you continue a regime that works for you and see your doctor if anything abnormal occurs.
When used in conjunction with a proper diet and nutrition plan, the chiropractic care you’ll receive from Dr. Tompkins will go a long way in easing your symptoms and preventing future attacks. If you’d like more information on how chiropractic care can help you, please click the link below.