Migraine Relief with Lifestyle
Written by Sara Pellegrini, Nutrition Program Specialist
Migraine is throbbing pain that is usually on one side of the head. You may also feel nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.
- The causes of migraines are not fully known. It is possible that environmental factors, genetics, and abnormal brain activity may play a role.
- There are many types of triggers that are different for every person suffering from migraines. Migraine sufferers usually have a couple of triggers that can lead to a migraine. This is often called the Perfect Storm.
- Water– Dehydration is a trigger for migraine sufferers. Drink 8 cups of water a day to stay hydrated to help prevent a migraine.
- Acupuncture– Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy where small needles are inserted into specific points throughout your skin to help with pain. Getting regular acupuncture treatment can help lower the number of days of suffering from a migraine.
- Massage– Get a relaxing massage in your scalp, neck and back. Massages can help relieve stress and muscle tension, which can be a possible trigger of migraines.
- Lavender and Peppermint– Breathing in lavender oil can help you relax and ease stress. Peppermint has menthol. Menthol can relieve pain and relax your muscles.
- Accupressure– Similar to acupuncture, but instead of needles you use your fingers to press certain points to help relieve pain. Press the space between your thumb and index finger to help soothe pain.