Monday, August 18, 2014

How to manage your migraine headaches

This article discusses how to manage and cope with migraine headaches.

Migraines can be debilitating, and can affect people in different ways. There may be blurred vision, a pulsating headache, nausea, vomiting, etc. They can negatively affect your work, social life and general well-being. Therefore, learning ways of coping with migraines is very important.
Migraines occur when certain arteries in your head constrict and dilate. This may stimulate a pain response in some nerves.
Although the exact mechanisms that cause migraines are not clearly understood, there are a number of factors that have been associated with increased incidence and severity of these headaches. These may include hormones, mental state, diet and environment.
The hormonal fluctuations in a woman's menstrual cycle often trigger migraines. If women suffer from migraines during other times, they are often not as severe. Furthermore, hormonally induced mood changes are also associated with migraines.
Your mental state is an important consideration in these headaches. Stress (including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and depression have both been associated with increased incidence, as has chemical exposures and even obesity.
Diet is obviously an important consideration. The foods we eat can not only affect our weight, but also have the potential to trigger migraines in other ways. Food sensitivities should definitely be considered in treating migraines, as their elimination may decrease the amount of migraines experienced.
Because so many imbalances are associated with migraine headaches, working toward correcting the imbalances that contribute to migraine triggers are an important aspect of treatment.
Therapies such as herbal and homeopathic remedies in combination with lifestyle choices and diet may be used to gently detoxify your body. This may be used to help eliminate harmful chemicals and toxins, thus supporting the normal function of your body. By doing this, the factors affecting hormonal imbalances and chemical triggers may be reduced.
Another treatment that may be considered is acupuncture. Acupuncture may be used to balance your body's energetic system and is an amazing tool for pain relief.
By working toward bringing balance to your body and mind, a number of factors such as your hormones and mental and emotional well-being may be improved. By improving these factors, it may be possible to reduce the incidence and severity of the migraines you experience.
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