Although you may sometimes need medication for migraine relief, drugs can have undesirable side effects and often don't address underlying problems. Let's look at some self-care tips for relieving migraine headaches.
The first step is to consult your healthcare provider to know for sure you are having migraine headaches. Severe pain doesn't always mean it's a migraine. Also, you want to be sure you don't have another, more serious, underlying medical condition.
Common symptoms of a migraine headache are:
How can massage help with migraine headache pain? People who experience migraines generally have stiff, tender muscles in the back of the head, neck, and shoulders. These muscles may have trigger points that cause pain. Massage to release the trigger points can reduce the pain and tightness in the muscles.
Massage therapy is great for reducing muscle tension and relieving stress. Massage is most effective when received regularly, preferrably once a week until you are getting fewer headaches.
A few studies have shown that, at a minimum, massage therapy helps people who experience migraines sleep better and often significantly lessens headache pain. More about massage for migraine relief.
When receiving massage therapy, be aware that mild discomfort can occur with even light, very gentle pressure from the most qualified massage therapist. However, if the pain becomes intense, immediately tell the therapist to stop.
Relaxation techniques are safe with almost no side effects, although a few rare people might experience more anxiety rather than less. The following relaxation techniques can be done just about anywhere at any time:
Diet can trigger migraines for some people. Watch out for these foods:
Other lifestyle factors that can trigger migraines include change in sleep habits, overuse of headache medicines, too much stress, and environmental factors such as:
You might want to keep a food, lifestyle, and headache diary to see you if can find a correlation between these factors and your headaches.
Another possible trigger for migraines is emotional factors. Everything in life has an emotional component. If you want to address the emotional component of your migraines or any other condition, I highly recommend You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay.
Also see aromatherapy for migraines.