Migraine Headache Relief without Medication

Migraine headache relief without medication has fewer side-effects and gives you a sense of control.

Knowing your migraine headache symptoms and causes enables you to adopt health lifestyle choices for migraine headache treatment.

Migraine headaches are often debilitating and plague 28 million Americans every year.

Flashing lights, increased irritability and the sensitivity to light and noise....do these sound familiar?

These are some of the migraine headache symptoms from the narrowing of the carotid artery that indicates the onset of migraine headaches.

However, you don't have to be passive to migraine headaches!

There are things that you can do for migraine headache relief.

Migraine headache relief without medication can involve:

  • managing your stress
  • honing your relaxation techniques
  • making healthy lifestyle choices.

Here are a number of options for migraine headache treatment.

Migraine headache causes

Migraine headaches are vascular headaches that typically occur on one side of the head.

Migraine headaches result from the constriction and dilation of the carotid artery.

This is the artery that carries blood from the heart to the head.

As the carotid artery narrows (called the prodrome), the familiar symptoms of sensitivity to light and sound, visual disturbances, and nausea may ensue.

When the carotid artery dilates again this constriction and dilation results in chemicals stimulating adjacent nerve endings.

This causes migraine pain!

But there are many migraine headache causes!

Some migraine headache causes are:

  • external triggers. These include among others:

  • smoke
  • perfume and
  • bright lights
  • .

  • internal triggers. These include among others:

  • hormonal changes (associated with menstrual cycles)
  • stress
  • irregular blood sugar levels.

Knowing what causes migraine headaches is an important step for migraine headache relief (as provided in a real life example of Maria below)

Maria’s Migraine Headache Diary

Maria used to get migraine headaches every week. She did not know what caused her migraine headaches, only that the headaches were very painful and confined her bedroom where she could close herself off from noise and light.

After keeping a headache diary for a month, Maria concluded that her diet was a factor that caused migraine headaches. Every time Maria ate chocolate it would be accompanied by a migraine headache.

She was surprised and immediately cut chocolate from her diet. Maria is now thankfully experiencing much fewer migraine headaches.

Migraine headache symptoms

Migraine headaches are a result of the constriction and dilation of the carotid arteries of one side of the head.

It is the dilation of the carotid artery that causes migraine headache pain.

The visual disturbance, the nausea, the pain can be awful for the migraine sufferer.

Typical migraine headache symptoms include:

  • throbbing pain that lasts several hours
  • nausea
  • irritability
  • fatigue

Migraine headache relief

There are a number of options for you to get migraine headache relief.

There are a number of medicines that can treat the migraine headache, prevent the migraine attack or treat the migraine headache symptoms.

However, migraine headache treatment without medication is also an option with fewer side-effects.

Healthy lifestyle changes. Often migraine headaches can be the result of too much stress and pressure.

Interestingly, migraines can occur after a pressure packed situation.

So after a very busy week at work, or an emotional and stressful incident; migraine headaches can be triggered.

Keeping a headache diary can help you to determine which events lead up to your migraine headache.

How Does Stress Affect Health?

Stress makes your more susceptible to migraines but it also affects health in a number of ways:
Stress weight gain
Intestinal gas
Stress and heart disease
Stress and hair loss
Stress and acne
Stress and cancer

This allows you to collect objective information on your migraine headache causes and possible ways that you can eliminate those causes of migraine headaches from your lifestyle.

Making lifestyle changes that reflect better nutrition, adequate exercise, sufficient sleep can also be very useful in migraine headache relief.

Reduce Stress. Many people wonder whether migraine headaches are caused by stress.

Well the short answer is most probably.

On the one hand, stress is not considered to be a direct cause of migraines, but stress is considered to make you more susceptible to your migraine headache causes.

Guided imagery and relaxation techniques accompanied with biofeedback therapy have been found to be effective in migraine headache treatment.

Pain and stress reduction often go hand in hand.

Vent your emotions. Research shows that migraine sufferers may share common personality traits such as perfectionism, ambitiousness and competitiveness.

In counseling sessions, psychotherapists have found that when migraine sufferers can vent their emotions and pent-up underlying anxiety and hostility that this can provide migraine headache relief.

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