- A QUIET SPOT – Migraines can increase your sensitivity to light and sound. Try to relax alone in a dark, quiet room.
- TEMPERATURE THERAPY – Apply hot or cold compresses to your head or neck. Use an ice pack to numb and dull the oncoming pain. Use a hot moist wash cloth or warm bath to relax already tense muscles.
- GENTLE MASSAGE – Apply gentle pressure to your scalp or temples. Alleviate muscle tension with a shoulder or neck massage.
- A LITTLE CAFFEINE – In small amounts, caffeine alone can relieve migraine pain in the early stage.
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- CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS – A chiropractic adjustment is the specific application of forces to facilitate the body’s correction of spinal misalignments. In a clinical trial, 72% of migraine sufferers reported substantial improvement with chiropractic treatment.
How it helps: Muscle tension in the neck, upper back and scalp can be serious triggers for migraines, and may be at the root of the pain. Chiropractic adjustments correct the misalignments in your spine and help alleviate the stress on your system.If you or anyone you know suffers from migraine pain, please call Dr. John at (480) 703-1834 for your appointment today!
- EXERCISE – Exercise has long been recommended to migraine sufferers, and there’s evidence to support the theory that physical activity appears to help prevent migraines.
How it helps: Regular, gentle exercise helps to reduce tension and ward off stress, a well-known trigger for many migraine sufferers. Exercise also triggers the release of endorphins, which act as a mild sedative. Beware that intense exercise can actually trigger rather than prevent migraine, so don’t overdo it!
- RIBOFLAVIN (vitamin B2) – Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, is found in certain foods and supplements. It helps protect cells from oxidative damage and is involved in energy production.
How it helps: Riboflavin is an effective preventive treatment for migraines. It has been widely reported to significantly reduce the incidence of migraine headaches when consumed at high levels (about 400mg per day).Best food sources: Liver, lean beef, lamb, venison, whole grains, yogurt, low-fat milk, eggs, almonds, asparagus, broccoli, and spinach. Store food away from light, which destroys riboflavin.
- MAGNESIUM – Because our bodies can’t make magnesium, we must rely on dietary and/or supplement sources to get it (and magnesium deficiency has been directly linked to migraines).
How it helps: Magnesium helps relax nerves and muscles and transmits nerve impulses throughout the body and brain. In addition, magnesium helps prevent nerves from becoming overexcited. In short, this mineral aids in the prevention and reduction of migraines.Best food sources: Pumpkin seeds, spinach, Swiss chard, wild Alaskan salmon, halibut, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flaxseeds, amaranth, quinoa, soybeans, and black beans.
- COENZYME Q10 (CoQ10) – Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant nutrient that’s especially important in blood vessel health. Our bodies are able to make CoQ10, and we can also get it from dietary and supplement sources.
How it helps: CoQ10 increases blood flow to the brain, improves circulation, and protects cells from oxidative damage. It also helps stabilize blood sugar; low blood sugar is a major trigger for many migraine sufferers.
- OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS – Omega-3 fats are anti-inflammatory substances that are abundant in many food sources, especially fish, nuts, and seeds.
How it helps: Omega-3 fatty acids protect brain cells and reduce inflammation, which may help to reduce the pain, frequency and duration of migraine headaches.Best food sources: Wild Alaskan salmon, tuna, herring (not pickled herring), mackerel, rainbow trout, halibut, Pacific oysters, sardines, walnuts, chia seeds, and flaxseeds.