There are many new migraine headache
treatments available that can be both safe and effective. Natural treatments for migraine headaches are usually
safer and cheaper than traditional pain medications. And in many instances, they can relieve pain just as well
or even better than prescription or non-prescription drugs. The possibility of a negative reaction to a safe and
natural migraine headache treatment is still there, but it is less with most natural treatment methods than it
is with pain-relieving medications.
Every person on the face of the earth
is unique. Their body chemistry is different than anyone else's. One person may find relief from their migraine
headaches with one type of treatment while someone else may try that same treatment and find no relief at all.
One person taking aspirin will not have
the same reaction as someone else taking aspirin. And it's the same with natural migraine headache treatments.
Since no two people are identical no two people will respond the same to a treatment method for migraine
So just because one migraine headache
treatment does not work for one person does not mean it won't work for your migraine headaches. There are many
effective alternatives to taking medications when it comes to relieving migraine headaches. You just must try
one for yourself to see if it will work for you.
One natural and popular treatment
method for migraine headaches is chiropractic care, or chiropractic manipulations. Studies have shown that over
80% of headache patients find some type of relief for their headaches with chiropractic treatment. And
chiropractic treatment has been shown to be extremely safe. Spinal problems cause headaches and when these
spinal problems are treated by chiropractors a high percentage of their patients’ experience relieve from their
Another natural way to relieve migraine
headaches is biofeedback. This is a safe and potentially effective way to eliminate pain. Biofeedback is not
actually a treatment, but a training program designed to help a person develop the ability to control their
autonomic (involuntary) nervous system. Functions that are normally automatic in the body, such as blood
pressure regulation or heart rate can be controlled voluntarily. This technique makes it possible for a person
to control their own heart rate, blood pressure, skin temperature or relaxation of their
It's no secret that stress causes
muscle tension. And nobody will deny that muscle tension causes pain and headaches. And it's also a fact that by
relaxing this muscle tension, especially in the neck and head, it is possible to relieve the migraine headaches
or neck pain that is being caused by the tension. With biofeedback the machinery is not always necessary. Once
the biofeedback technique is learned there is no longer any need for the equipment. The patient with migraine
headaches can now produce the desired effect at any time. A person that has been trained with biofeedback can
control some of their bodily functions, such as muscle relaxation, which can help relieve their headache
Another cause of headaches can be the
intake of too much salt. Some people just can't get enough of it. They pour it onto their food with reckless
abandon. And too much salt can and does cause headaches. Simply lessening the salt intake can sometimes prevent
the headaches from occurring.
Food sensitivities have also been shown
to cause migraine headaches in some people. Foods such as cheese, alcohol, MSG (monosodium glutamate - a food
additive), yeast, wheat, nuts, avocados, beans, bananas, oranges (and other citrus fruits), pork, vinegar (and
pickled foods), dairy products, caffeine, chocolate, onions and others can cause migraines. Foods that cause
migraine headaches are called "migraine triggers." People who experience migraine headaches because of food
allergies can reduce or eliminate their pain by eliminating the foods that cause the
The logical way is to keep a diary of
what you eat and when. Get a small notebook, with each page representing one day, and make three columns on each
of the pages. The first column on the left side of the page will contain the hours in the day. The second column
down the middle of the page will be a list of the foods eaten that day. And the third column on the right side
of the page will list the symptoms (headaches) that you experience.
Once you've had enough time to
experience a few migraine headaches you will be able to examine your food diary to determine which foods you ate
shortly before you began experiencing your pain. It may take a few weeks or even a few months to come to any
conclusions, but over time, by figuring out which foods or ingredients in these foods, are causing your pain,
you will be able to eliminate these ingredients and relieve your pain caused by these
Probably the most common cause of
headaches is just plain old stress. People who experience tension in their lives can get headaches from their
increased tension. Stress can be caused by many things including work-related stress or family-related stress.
And although it's not always possible to eliminate the cause of the stress it is often possible to relieve the
muscle tension and pain that originates from the stress.
Biofeedback training is one way to help
reduce stress. Other ways are taking a warm bath or shower, lying down, and relaxing in a quiet dark room,
having someone massage your neck and head (temporal region) muscles to help relieve your tension and muscle
spasms or placing something cold (ice) on the back of the neck (at the base of the skull). When using ice it
should not be placed directly on the skin. Some wet paper towels that have had the water wrung out of them
should be placed between the ice and the skin. Regular exercise can also, over time, reduce tension.
We have discussed 5 natural treatment
methods that are available to migraine headache patients. They are all considered safe and are effective for
many people. There are many other natural treatment methods out there for you to try. If you have headaches, it
may be beneficial for you to try some of these treatments or search for others on your own. But as a word of
advice, it is always a good idea to talk with a chiropractor or medical doctor before treating yourself for a