March 2015

Finding Relief From Migraines and Tension Headaches

If you suffer from migraines or tension headaches they can become unbearable to endure, can blur your vision and can even keep you locked up in bed all day. It’s nearly impossible to function while on pain medication, and if your migraines come frequent enough they can do a number on your digestive tract. Thankfully there are a number of drug free options that we offer, and alternatives that can help ease your tension headaches just as good, if not better, and address the root of your problem.

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For those who are living with migraines and tension headaches it’s important you find a solution to managing your pain. Acupuncture has been proven to be very beneficial in easing the pain and even lowering the number of tension headaches. Receiving regular acupuncture treatments from our Encino acupuncturist can help to alleviate and reduce the frequency in which your migraine headaches occur.

Clinical Massage Therapy has been shown to reduce the number of headaches, although it can’t relieve pain while a migraine is happening, it can often ease stress which is a common tension headache trigger. Head massages or applied head pressure at pain releasing pressure points can ease pain almost immediately.

Try these pressure point techniques:

- Press your brown line and under your eyes

- Rub your temples and jaw in a circular motion

- Massage the base of your skull with a tennis ball

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Taking the right supplements. A consult with our Encino nutritionist can lend some light onto some of the triggers of your migraine headaches. Sometimes not getting enough of the right vitamins can be a trigger, or your body may be deprived of the necessary nutrients it needs to function headache free. Specific foods can trigger common migraines – anything from alcohol to caffeine, aged cheeses, cured or processed meats, cultured dairy, MSG and aspartame to name a few. Always remember, pain is the body’s way of telling you something is not right, so it’s best to consult with your physician and seek out additional help if your migraines persist.

Chiropractic care can be just as effective as medication to prevent migraines. Receiving regular spinal manipulation can ease the tension put on your spine and nervous system, which are relaying the sensory messages to your migraine headaches.

Poor sleep has been shown to be a trigger for migraine headaches as well. Changing your bedtime habits, and facilitating a soothing sleep environment can help.

- Avoid reading a book or watching TV in bed, or browsing the internet

- Don’t take naps throughout the day

- Try not to eat within 4 hours of bedtime, or drink within 2 hours of bedtime

- Turn off your mobile phone, don’t scroll from bed

Stay hydrated, sometimes dehydration alone can bring on a tension headache. Drink enough water to keep your mind and body at ease.