Treating Chronic Migraines the “Natural Way”

If you have ever had a migraine, you know how much of a debilitating condition it can be. Migraines are painful, reoccurring headaches that are sometimes accompanied by additional symptoms like nausea and visual disturbances. Most people who have reoccurring migraines reach for the medicine cabinet for pain medication. Although very helpful, pain medication only treats the symptoms of the migraine pain rather than prevent them from occurring in the future. In order to safely and effectively treat migraine pain without relying on temporary solutions, there are a number of natural alternatives you can try.

Symptoms

Migraines are diagnosed when a patient’s headache shows signs of severe throbbing, pounding, or pulsating pain.This pain usually begins on one side of the head and the most severe pain is concentrated around the sides of the forehead.Migraines may last anywhere from 4 – 72 hours and can be accompanied by additional symptoms like nausea,dizziness,vomiting,vertigo,visual disturbances,and loss of appetite.

Natural Alternatives to Treat Migraines

There are many natural alternatives to treat reoccurring migraines.When used with pain medication,these treatments can provide lasting relief from even the most severe headaches and will help prevent them from reoccurring in the future.The treatment you will use for your migraine pain depends on what causes the pain in the first place. Migraines can be the result of a number of ailments, like stress or overworked neck and back muscles. Once you locate the culprits to your migraines, try the following natural treatments to provide lasting relief.

Stress Management

A common cause of migraines is excessive stress.As our work weeks grow longer and responsibilities mount, we often forget to take time away from our busy schedules to take care of our mental health. If you notice an onset of migraines resulting from stressful situations and/or depression,incorporating stress management therapy with antidepressants has been proven to greatly reduce migraines from occurring. Long walks, exercise, and meditation are all great ways to reduce stress and prevent migraines. Take time each day to take care of your mental health and you will see a great reduction in migraines.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has become a prominent alternative medical treatment for a variety of ailments, including migraines.Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese technique where fine needles are inserted into pressure points of the body.This relieves migraine pain by correcting the energy imbalances in the body.The belief is that migraines are the result of a disrupted flow of energy in our body. By balancing the energy within our bodies,acupuncture is believed to reduce the severity and reoccurrence of migraines.

Chiropractic

According to a recent study, chiropractic treatment can provide lasting relief for people with migraines.Through spinal manipulation,chiropractic treatment improves spinal function taking pressure off the musculoskeletal system.Since migraines are often caused by overexerted muscles and improper spinal function,chiropractic treatment has been shown to provide immediate and lasting relief.A chiropractor will also be able to provide additional advice on nutrition and posture to help reduce the probability of migraines from occurring in the future.

Massage

Migraines are often the result of built up tension and stress in the body. Massage therapy has been shown to reduce migraine pain by releasing the the chemical serotonin.Through kneading, pressing, and stroking the body, massage therapy relieves muscle tension, reduces stress, and eases pain. This helps relieve migraine pain while also preventing them from occurring in the future.

Dietary Changes

Some migraine sufferers are able to link a specific food that causes migraine pains. Unfortunately, these are usually the foods we love. Many foods that have been linked to migraines contain the chemical tyramine which occurs naturally in food as it ages. If you notice certain foods cause migraine pain, consider avoiding them altogether or being more weary of the amount you eat.

Pain medication is an excellent treatment for migraines; however,incorporating alternative,natural treatments can help reduce the pain and prevent migraines from occurring in the future. By taking special consideration of your stress and diet, you will be amazed in the reduction and severity of your migraines.Paired with natural treatments like acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage,you will see a reduction in migraine severity and occurrence.

About the Author:

Dr. Kevin Christie is a Chiropractic Physician and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) in Miami,FL at Health-Fit Chiropractic & Sports Medicine where he treats college athletes, as well as professional athletes from the NFL, MLB, and NHL. Dr. Christie was appointed by Gov.Charlie Crist to the Board of Athletic Trainers as the Chiropractic Advisor. He is also part of the IRONMAN® Provider Network through A.R.T., which sets up a treatment tent for every IRONMAN event to provide treatment to IRONMAN athletes.