Natural Ways to Relieve Migraines

It is important to note that migraines are not your average headache. Headaches may come and go for all of us but migraine sufferers experience severe effects that can be completely crippling. Migraine headaches can cause throbbing pain in specific areas that often vary in intensity. Both nausea and light sensitivity are also common symptoms which can impair a person from engaging in daily activities. 

While there are some medicines that have been specifically developed to alleviate migraines in people who suffer from them, below you will find some natural remedies that can help reduce the pain and suffering that comes from this type of severe headache.


Avoid Specific Migraine-Inducing Foods 

Diet plays a vital role in preventing migraines. Some foods and beverages have been known to trigger the symptoms of a migraine, such as:

  • Deli meats, bacon, and sausage
  • Chocolate
  • Some cheeses like feta, cheddar, Parmesan, and Swiss
  • Alcohol, especially red wine
  • Beans
  • Dried fruits
  • Sour cream and yogurt

On the other hand, adding some food and drinks to your diet could be helpful. For example, just a small amount of caffeine can help alleviate migraine pain for some people. In fact, some migraine medications contain caffeine. 

One way to help you figure out how your diet affects your wellness is to keep and maintain a daily food diary by recording  everything you eat and how it makes you feel afterward.


Make Use of Essential oils

Essential oils are often used as natural remedies. Specifically, lavender is an essential oil often recommended as a remedy for stress, anxiety, and most important to this conversation, headaches. In fact, one study found that lavender oil inhalation helped reduce the severity of migraine headaches in some people.


Employ Tools for Stress Management

Life experiences can increase stress, anxiety, and depression. When a person is experiencing high levels of stress, the result has been a linkage to chronic migraines and other headaches. Studies reveal that a combination of stress management and pain medications can soothe severe headaches. Along with a regular practice of meditation or thoughtful relaxation, it will also benefit a person suffering from migraines to get enough sleep and eat a healthy diet. If you are looking for more information on meditation or stress therapy, a specialist in psychology, psychiatry, or integrative medicine can teach you how to use relaxation training.


Chiropractic Care

Headaches or migraines can be caused by pain from the soft tissues surrounding your neck. This type of inflammation in the cervical spine joints, in particular, can be addressed and perhaps resolved by chiropractic care. Professionals at the Injury Care Center are practiced at providing spinal manipulation and chiropractic care to those who have suffered injury or who are suffering from migraine pain. 

Chiropractic care centers on aligning the body to improve mobility and nerve communications. Those who use spinal manipulation are also trained in additional methods to ease tension like massage and active and passive exercise. Contact us for more information today about natural remedies to migraine pain.