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Posted on 12-15-2015

June – National Migraine Month

Headaches and Migraine

The primary cause of headaches is malfunctioning chemical activities in the nerves and blood vessels in the head outside the skull. It could also be the muscular “tension” along the head and neck. While most headaches are not threatening and might not be due to any underlying internal ailment, some headaches could be a sign of more chronic conditions such as migraine or trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia (TAC).

Migraine could disrupt your regular life

Moderate migraines could be bearable and be a mere source of irritation. However, most patients eventually suffer from severe migraines, which could potentially disrupt life and result in fever, mental confusion, double vision and speaking difficulties. And yes, going by the records, migraine headaches are one of the most common ailments, which literally results in a state of disability mong adults. A whooping 37 million Americans are victims of migraine, while approximately 5 million complain of at least one migraine attack every month. Alarming, isn’t it?

How could Chiropractic help you with Migraine?

  • Chiropractic adjustments has been significantly helpful in cases of Migraine. Almost 71% of patients reported relief from headaches after Chiropractic adjustments.
  • Spinal adjustments are found to be very effective in treating cases of acute Migraine. In fact, more patients who ventured for Chiropractic care have enjoyed early relief as compared to patients who have been under the prolonged medication of prescription drugs and pills.
  • Most importantly, you save yourself from the harmful side-effects of pain pills and OTC drugs. Chiropractic is safe, natural and involves no pills.

5 Ways to Relieve a Migraine

So we aren’t suggesting you painkiller pills and prescription drugs. Most of them have dire side-effects and could cause other potential problems. Here are a few home remedial tips which could do wonders for your migraine.

  • Lavender Oil

Lavender Oil is a perfect home remedy that provides quick respite from headaches and migraine pains. Yes, that saves you from consuming anti-inflammatory and antidepressants pills. Put two to four drops of Lavender Oil in a cup of hot water and inhale. Alternatively, you could choose to apply a few drops of the undiluted oil externally much like a balm. Lavender smells good and helps with headache treatments too.

  • Avoid Alcohol and caffeine

Alcohol, especially red wine and beer, red meat containing nitrates, change in sleeping habits, stress and poor working postures often result in Migraine headaches. While episodic tension headaches could last for 30 minutes to a one day, chronic migraine headaches tend to last longer than 15 days.

  • Peppermint and Basil Oil

Peppermint tends to vaso-dilating and vaso-constricting properties, which significantly soothes out the blood flow resulting in Headache reliefs. Even Basil Oil, extracted from Basil plant, the strong scented herb used as Pizza and pasta toppings, serves as a natural muscle relaxant and is used as a home remedy to migraine treatments.

  • Keep yourself Hydrated

Drinking sufficient water has more than one benefit. It cools down the body, regulates blood flow, helps in internal functioning and significantly helps in preventing Migraines headaches. Most researches hint at the fact that 500 ml of water is often sufficient in relieving migraines attacks in less than 30 minutes.

References:

http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/05/18/how-to-end-migraines/

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