Do It Yourself
In this section we are going to explore a variety of ways that you can reduce/relief/relinquish your migraines without having to purchase ANYTHING! That's right, this section is dedicated solely to helping you alleviate your migraine using different techniques and exercises. You already have everything you need!
Stay Well Hydrated
Well, this one is pretty simple: dehydration is one of the most common migraine triggers. There's no need to get overly scientific here. Our bodies are 65% water and we need to stay that way. Most people DO NOT drink enough water each day, which means MOST PEOPLE ARE DEHYDRATED. This, combined with someone who is prone to migraines, increases the chance of an onset. If you feel a migraine coming on and you think you may be dehydrated, it's not a bad idea to have a glass of water or two.
Lay Down in a Dark Room
This may come as obvious advice, but hey, we didn't create this webpage to leave anything out! All joking aside, anyone who has had a migraine will tell you that laying down in a dark room will help mitigate the pain. Sensitivity to light, also known as photophobia, is a common migraine trigger. Researchers have identified optical pathways which become electrically active during a migraine. When exposed to light, these neurons increased their activity within seconds, and remained highly stimulated for 20 to 30 minutes. Science is catching up to what we already knew - light hurts when you have a migraine.
Place a Cold Damp Rag on Your Head
Okay, so you feel a migraine coming on, or we're past that and into a full blown migraine. Place a cold damp rag on your head! This, combined with lying down in a dark room, has proven as an effective way to ease the pain. Take any hand towel (cloth, T-shirt, etc.) and run in under the faucet for a few seconds and let it absorb cool water. Then, squeeze it and get the majority of water out. The cloth should be damp (not soaked) when you done. Then simply place this on your head while you relax and feel the head/bad energy exiting your body. (You will need re-dampen your cloth every so often when it is not longer cooler than your body temperature.)
It's no secret that breathing is important to your health. But, how many of us actually stop and take a minute to be sure we are breathing CORRECTLY? Studies have shown that 83% of people are NOT breathing properly. It turns out, because we breath automatically and don't give it much thought, most people have slipped into bad breathing habits throughout their lives. Without being aware of it, most of us are breathing improperly and it's affecting our health.
Now, for those of us that suffer from migraines, these bad breathing habits have a compounding effect. Improper breathing can be a migraine TRIGGER! It can be the root cause of a migraine. It can cause a migraine to last longer. It can cause the severity of a migraine to be worse. You get the idea.
The extent to which you are breathing improperly can vary so let's just go ahead and discuss the proper way to breathe. This should be done ALWAYS, however studies have found that controlling your breathing during the onset of a migraine can drastically reduce if not stop the migraine altogether. Here we go:
In this video we discuss the proper techniques used for breathing during the onset of a migraine.
In some cases, having a stiff and painful neck/back, can lead to a migraine. In other cases, a migraine can lead to having a stiff and painful neck/back area. Either way, these two in conjunction can feed off of each other. Having a tight muscle in your neck area will send chemical signals to your brain causing pain. These same signals will active neurons in your brain, potentially leading to or intensifying a migraine. The worse they migraine gets, the more your neck hurts, and so on.
An easy way to stop this pain cycle is by stretching. Here are a few tips on how to use stretching to relieve your migraine.
There's plenty of research out there which highlights the positive health effects of yoga. Many people have found that doing yoga regularly helps reduce migraine occurrences. Alternatively, if you can start doing yoga exercises once you feel the onset of a migraine, it could prevent/reduce your head pain right now. Here are some useful links on how to use yoga to relieve your migraine.
We are all aware of the positive health effects of exercise. Some people feel that exercise can be a trigger for their migraines. While this may be true in certain cases, most of the time it is not the exercise that triggers the migraine but another factor such as dehydration. Overall, regular excercise is good for you and we recommend it. However, if you already have a migraine, immediate exercise most likely won't make you feel better. Try using some of the other techniques on this page.
Massages are high effective in combating a migraine. There's two ways to get a massage: from someone else or do it yourself. Massages reduce tension and stress; two of the most prominent causes of migraines. When you have a migraine, your brain releases chemicals which cause stress and tension. These chemicals flow to the muscles in your head and neck and build up there, causing more and more tension.
A massage dislodges the build up of stress chemicals and allows them to flow freely from the muscles. As these chemicals dissipate, so does the tension. Many popular massages involve the temple, forehead, neck, and shoulders. Because of their close proximity to the brain, these muscles often feel the brunt of the stress chemicals.