Alternative Remedies for Headache Sufferers

61e93c3907e89e17e9dff6905c540b33f5c7562f_fotolia_17333229_subscription_monthly_mHeadaches often hit at the most inconvenient times. Whether you’re at your desk at the beginning of an eight hour work day or at your child’s soccer practice, headaches can make living life challenging.

Don’t let headaches keep you from living the life you’re meant to. There are multiple ways to address headaches that don’t necessarily involve popping pills.

Check out these drug-free headache remedies:

1. Headache Prevention
Often times the best way to treat a headache is to stop it before it starts. That’s not always easy when you live a busy lifestyle, but it’s not impossible. First, consider your headache triggers. Headaches are often triggered by stress, dehydration, lack of sleep or screen glare.

If you recognize these as triggers, you can take action by making a few small lifestyle changes. You can reduce stress in your life by keeping a schedule. By keeping track of your errands, projects, due dates, etc. you’re less likely to encounter stressful surprises. Stay hydrated by keeping a water bottle at your desk or with you at the gym. If you’re not a fan of water, try adding lemon or fresh berries. Make sure to get plenty of rest each night to keep headaches at bay. If you work at a computer, make sure to look away from your screen every 10 to 15 minutes to rest your eyes.

2. Edit Your Diet
You don’t need to necessarily go on a diet to reduce headaches, but studies show that chronic headache sufferers benefit from keeping track of what they eat. Many headaches are triggered by certain types of food. For example, certain cheeses and types of wine have been known to trigger migraines.

Certain foods are known to prevent or offset headache pain like:
• Spinach (vitamin B)
• Fatty Fish like salmon (omega-3s)
• Watermelon (H2O)

Other foods are actually known to cause headaches and/or migraines like:
• Foods with nitrates
• Dairy Products
• Chocolate
• Avocadoes
• Peanut Butter
• Bananas
• Citrus Fruits

By making minor edits to your diet, you can significantly reduce headaches.

3. Acupuncture
Acupuncture has been used to address several medical conditions for many years, including headaches and migraines. According to a new study by Duke University Medical Centerresearchers, acupuncture is more effective than medication in reducing the severity and frequency of chronic headaches.

“Acupuncture is becoming a favorable option for a variety of purposes…this analysis reinforces that acupuncture also is a successful source of relief from chronic headaches,” said Tong Joo Gan, MD, a Duke anesthesiologist who lead the analysis.
The study found that 62% of acupuncture patients reported headache relief versus 45% who used medication.

4. Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback corrects irregular brainwave patterns, helping improve a variety of disorders including migraines. A neuro-mapping system shows abnormal brainwave patterns in real time. The database then generates a training protocol to correct the abnormal patterns using Neuro feedback. Through repetition of training sessions, the brain learns how to make normal healthy patterns on its own.

At Dayton Dandes Medical Center we utilize integrative therapies and techniques to produce a personalized treatment plan that best fits your individual needs. We offer a variety of services that help our patients manage headaches and migraines efficiently. To find out what treatments are right for you, contact us and schedule an appointment today.

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References
Corporate.dukemedicine.org: “Acupuncture Offers Headache Relief Over Medication.”

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