A migraine is not just a severe headache. Migraines can cause a pulsing sensation and a severe throbbing pain that lasts for hours or even days. It is a neurological condition that affects either one or both sides of the head. When you experience a migraine attack, you may suffer symptoms such as nausea, extreme sensitivity to sound and light, vomiting, visual changes, or even numbness in the feet or hands. The condition can be very debilitating, with studies linking it with a negative impact on your quality of life. Although migraines often require medication for treatment, there are several drug-free alternatives that you can adopt to help with migraine relief. Here are six natural ways to relieve migraine symptoms.
- Placing an Ice Pack on Your Scalp, Neck, or Forehead
Heat and cold can be used to relieve migraine symptoms, as shown by several scientific studies. Putting an ice pack on the forehead, neck, or temple often soothes and dulls the pain of a migraine. Although ice packs have been used as a home remedy for migraines over the years, you must approach the method with caution. Keeping the ice pack on your preferred location for too long can cause some damage to your skin. You should, therefore, have the ice pack applied on your forehead or neck for only about 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Over this duration, you will have started to experience some numbness.
- Rest in a Quiet and Dark Room
One of the symptoms of a migraine attack is extreme sensitivity to sound and light. Continued exposure to light can make migraines worse. Resting in a quiet, dark room is not only an act of self-care when you suffer a migraine attack, but it also eases the severe headache pains. Additionally, try putting on sunglasses when traveling and avoid flickering light at all costs.
- Workouts to Prevent Migraines
Although workouts can trigger migraines in a minority of sufferers, a regular routine of exercises can help in preventing migraine attacks for most. Here are some benefits that come with exercising in relation to treating migraines;
- Workouts promote healthy sleeping patterns, lowering your stress levels. A good night’s sleep is a natural means of migraine relief.
- Boosts your mood, reducing the frequency of migraine symptoms.
- A workout session releases the hormones known as endorphins, minimizing your sensitivity to pain.
- Eases out muscle tensions and tightness around the shoulders, neck, and head.
You should ensure that the exercises or workout you choose are of a low impact to avoid aggravating your pain. Consult your doctor or a specialist if necessary.
- Have a Regular Sleeping Schedule
Sleep is known to be one of the most beneficial therapies for multiple conditions, including migraines. Studies show that there is a close relationship between the frequency of migraine attacks and poor sleeping patterns. This is because a lack of sufficient sleep exposes you to risk factors such as stress, headaches, and bad mood, which can all aggravate a migraine attack. If migraines have become a regular problem for you, then you might want to work on your sleeping schedule. Create a conducive environment for sleep and avoid all distractions.
- Practice Yoga
Studies show that yoga can relieve the intensity, duration, and frequency of migraines and migraine symptoms. Yoga focuses on body posture, meditation, and breathing to promote personal well-being. Researchers also believe that yoga can be used as a primary, natural treatment of migraines as the practice eases out the tension in areas that are triggered by migraines.
- Start a Migraine Diary
A migraine diary can help you establish what triggers your migraine attacks, and come up with methods to avoid these triggers. The diary should keep a record of when the attack happens, the type of pain experienced, its frequency, and where the pain occurs. Your migraine diary should also capture how effective the various treatment methods you used were. The diary can be a fundamental tool to your physician when you are seeking medical treatment.
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