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Migraines are not just average headaches. They can often be debilitating and have a major impact on a person’s everyday life. And with more than 37 million people suffering from migraines, there are a lot of people looking for relief. Unfortunately, there isn’t always a lot you can do when you have a migraine besides rest in a quiet, dark area. But there are a few tricks you can try to decrease the frequency of migraines. So let’s take a look at a few steps to take to minimize your migraines.
Ingest More Magnesium
Dietary changes can often have a big impact on migraines. Magnesium is one mineral that anyone who experiences migraines regularly should be getting plenty of. While magnesium is important for nerve transmission and controlling blood sugar, it has also been found to help with headaches and migraines. If you think you may have a magnesium deficiency, consider eating more foods packed with the mineral, like cashews and other nuts.
Use a Cold Compress
Sometimes, if you catch warning signs of a migraine coming on, you can help reduce the pain and make it go away quicker. This is where cold compresses come in — because cold can help decrease inflammation and constricts blood vessels, applying a cold compress to the back of your neck can help reduce pain from a migraine. So next time you feel a migraine coming on, break out a cold compress quickly.
Do Some Yoga
Exercising regularly has been shown to help prevent migraines. But if you’re looking for a new exercise to try, consider yoga. Doing yoga helps relieve stress, stretch all of your muscles, and can decrease pain. Because of this, it may help decrease the frequency of migraines. Additionally, with 81% of adults believing that chiropractic care could help relieve neck pain, yoga can help realign muscles and alleviate body pain. This, in turn, can reduce neck pain and stiffness that can come with frequent migraines.
While there are about 46.5 million surgical procedures in the U.S. every year, acupuncture doesn’t actually involve any surgery, just some needles. And although it can seem scary, acupuncture has been found to immensely relieve pain. A trained professional will know which spots on the body to put needles in to try to alleviate tension and reduce migraines.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting too much or too little sleep can drastically impact your health. This is why it’s important to get a good amount of sleep every night. Getting seven to nine hours of sleep every night can help give your body the time it needs to rest, recover, and repair itself. And hopefully, getting a good nights sleep every night will help reduce the number of migraines you get.
Unfortunately, there is no magic cure for migraines. But with these few simple steps, you should be able to reduce the frequency and pain levels of your migraines.