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Migraines can be pretty frustrating to deal with, especially when you have frequent episodes while busy working on tasks. Taking pain relievers definitely helps in curbing the symptoms, especially the throbbing headaches. However, once their effect wears out, the pain comes back, haunting you for hours or days.

Does this sound all too familiar? Maybe it’s time for you to turn to natural migraine remedies, such as going to a Calgary upper cervical chiropractor. 

There are plenty of effective methods that you can choose from! Find out the best natural relief options for many patients who experience recurring migraine episodes in our article below.

#1. Avoid or minimize exposure to triggers

Remember the old saying, “prevention is better than cure”? If you are a migraineur, you should live by these words. As much as possible, you must avoid common migraine attack triggers such as sensory overload and consuming certain food products such as those containing MSG and artificial sweeteners. 

You can opt to adjust to the situation for the migraine triggers that you can’t control, such as the weather and temperature fluctuations. In case you have triggers unique to other migraineurs, make sure to jot them down in a journal. Avoid them at all costs so you can reduce the possibility of experiencing severe bouts of pain and other symptoms. 

#2. Cold compress

Applying a ice pack on the neck may come in handy in relieving your migraine symptoms. It’s a go-to remedy for headaches and migraines for more than a century!

According to a study, an ice pack's cooling effect helps manage inflammation and decrease pain signal transmission to the brain. You can apply the ice pack for 15 minutes, then allocate at least a 15 to 20 minutes break before using the compress again.

#3. Dedicate enough time to exercise

During a migraine attack, moving around or doing strenuous activities could make the pulsing pain worse. So, listen to your Calgary upper cervical chiropractor or physician and only exercise when you’re not suffering from an attack.

If possible, spare some minutes each day to your favorite workout routine. This way, you can keep your blood circulation healthy. Also, exercising helps you release natural pain relievers that can alleviate pain and manage your stress levels. 

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#4. Mind your caffeine intake  

Have you noticed that many of the OTC medications for headaches and migraines contain caffeine? That’s because research reveals that caffeine can actually cause your veins to pump more blood. It helps get more oxygen into your central nervous system, which could significantly dampen the effects of a migraine attack.

Interestingly, some studies show that caffeine withdrawal can trigger severe bouts of migraine headaches. If you’re new to drinking coffee or a certified caffeine lover, be sure that you get just enough doses each day to manage or prevent your migraines from completely ruining your day.

#5. Take food supplements rich in Magnesium and B Vitamins

A lot of patients who struggle with migraines tend to have vitamin deficiencies. According to studies, lack of vitamin B and magnesium tends to increase the risk of experiencing debilitating headaches.

If you often have migraine episodes, then it may be worth it to try taking supplements that have enough doses of B vitamins – especially riboflavin – and magnesium. Make sure to run this by your nutritionist or physician to ensure that you pick the right food supplement.

#6. See to it that you get enough sleep, especially at night

If you’re someone who has grown accustomed to migraine attacks, you the importance of getting enough restorative sleep. Without enough resting time at night, you end up in a vicious cycle of migraine attacks and interrupted sleep. You may find it helpful to create a defined sleeping schedule and invest in a good quality bed and comfy pillows. 

#7. Learn to manage your stress levels

Stress has this powerful ability to exacerbate any health problem, including migraine attacks. Unfortunately, in most cases, it’s hard to control stressors, especially events like financial difficulties, the death of a family member, job loss, and moving to an unfamiliar place.

Your best option in such situations would be to accept things as they are and move on. You may also tap into stress management techniques like yoga and meditation, trying biofeedback or talk therapy, and seeking help from your loved ones. 

#8. Opt to stay in a dark and quiet place during an episode 

Sensory overload, such as exposure to bright lights and loud sounds, can make your episodes worse. That’s why if you start experiencing an attack, your best option would be to go inside a dark, calm, and quiet room. It would help if you stayed in there until your headache and other symptoms completely go away on their own. 

#9. Get your spinal alignment checked by a Calgary upper cervical chiropractor 

Ever tried going to a Calgary upper cervical chiropractor? Do you know what upper cervical chiropractic adjustment entails? Upper cervical chiropractic is one of the latest trends in natural and holistic care. This approach has been gaining a lot of attention in the community as it can effectively get rid of or manage the disabling symptoms that come with a typical migraine attack.  

Upper cervical chiropractic focuses on correcting the cervical vertebrae position to relieve the pressure on the nerves, brainstem, and neck tissues. This problem is common among folks with a lousy posture, spinal structure issues, and those who suffered from neck or head injury. This way, you get an uninterrupted flow of signals to and from your central nervous system. Also, it helps prevent or minimize the onset of migraine symptoms.

Want to meet with a Calgary upper cervical chiropractor and discuss how you can relieve your migraine attacks? We would love to help you here at Vibe Health and Spine! Get in touch with us via phone at 587-803-3354 or fill out our contact form.


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