Manual therapy: Hands on therapy such as osteopathy has been shown to be effective at lowering migraine frequency, intensity, duration and pain levels.
Stress relief techniques: Stress is one of the most common migraine triggers so if you lower your stress levels, the migraines will reduce also. Most effective techniques include mindfulness meditation, breathing exercises, walking, yoga, or simply doing something you enjoy
Exercise: Research shows that just 40 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise, performed 3 times per week was effective at reducing both severity and frequency of migraine attacks and reduced the impact of tension-type headache and neck pain. This covers a broad range of types of exercise but most notable are swimming, brisk walking, weight lifting or cycling
Sleep: It is vitally important to make sure you are getting 7-9 hours of sleep per night to ensure your body is well rested and relaxed. This can help reduce stress, fatigue and muscle tension. Getting into a reliable sleep routine is also very important, so going to bed and waking up at the same time every day is a good place to start.
Ginger powder: A comparative study looking ginger powder and sumitriptan (a prescription migraine medication) showed promising results for the ginger powder. Two hours after taking each treatment headache severity decreased significantly. Ginger powder was also shown to exhibit less side effects than sumitriptan.
Magnesium: High levels of magnesium (600mg) has been shown to help reduce the number of migraine attacks and migraine days in some individuals
Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2): Riboflavin may have an impact at reducing migraine severity and duration. The good news is riboflavin is easily excreted from the body so it is very unlikely to have any negative side effects
Vitamin D: A randomised controlled trial looking into the effects of vitamin D found that it reduced the number of headache days by 50%
Weight loss: A meta-analysis in the U.S. found that weight loss is linked with significant reductions in headache frequency, pain intensity, and disability; as well as attack duration (edited)
If you would like any information on migraine treatment, why not make an appointment with Aidan at The Bellarine Headache and Migraine Solutions 03 52553411
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