Preventing migraine episodes — non medical techniques.
PREVENTING MIGRAINE EPISODES — NON MEDICAL TECHNIQUES.
For those looking to prevent migraine episodes, managing stress is crucial. Relaxation practices such as deep breathing, meditation, and progressive relaxation can help. Spending time in a calming place away from triggers, spending time in nature, practicing yoga, tai chi, or acupuncture, and using aromatherapy can also help reduce stress.
Other activities like drinking tea, spending time with your pet, keeping a regular routine, gardening, listening to music, or journaling can help manage stress and prevent migraine attacks. Essential oils that calm and relax can also be used to reduce stress levels.
Muscle tightness or stiffness can be alleviated by applying heat, using heat cream, tiger balm, or heat packs, or by using a hot water bottle, oat or clay pack. Massages with a Spikey Massage Ball, or an electric massager can also be effective. Stretching, isometric neck exercises, and shoulder and neck stretches can also help.
Migraine sufferers with sleep problems can reduce them by using a sleep mask, listening to nature sounds, using an eye massager, or listening to calming music can promote better sleep. Using blackout blinds or curtains, a CPAP machine for those with sleep apnea, or specialized pillows like a duck down pillow, memory foam pillow, or buckwheat husk pillow can also improve sleep quality.
For those who suffer from vision problems, specialized lenses can be used to reduce sensitivity to light. Also, adjusting the brightness of screens, using light filters, or listening to calming music can help reduce stress levels and improve your sleep.
Hydration is also important, so using a stainless steel or BPA free plastic water bottle can encourage regular hydration. For those who are sensitive to odor, using mint lip balm or candles and essential oils that emit a pleasant and calming fragrance can help mask surrounding odors.
Jaw tension can also be a trigger for migraine, so using an occlusal splint from a dentist can help alleviate tension.
Finally, using apps like MigraineBuddy, Curelator, Headspace, MeLady, Twilight, MyFitnessPal, or Calm can help monitor migraine episodes, track fitness, and manage stress levels. By using a combination of these techniques and tools, those who suffer from migraine can better manage their symptoms and prevent future episodes.
REMEMBER THAT MIGRAINE IS DIFFERENT FOR EACH PATIENT, SO ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESIONAL’S ADVICE.