More than 10% of the population suffers from migraine headaches. Migraines occur most commonly in people with ages between 25 and 55. A research has developed a new approach to migraine which can help you feel better. The strategy consists of 5 steps.
It is already known that worrying can cause headaches. However, a study conducted at Yeshiva University in New York has showed that being at ease after a stressful period can also cause pain. The reason to this may be the fact that the stress hormones, cortisol included, decrease. Dawn Buse of the Montefiore Headache Center in New York City, study co-author, said that calming yourself properly can reduce the risk. When you no longer feel stressed you should do activities which protect you from migraine such as physical exercise, proper nutrition, sleep and other ways to unwind. Such activities balance the nervous system. You could try guided visual imagery, cognitive behavioral therapy and just try staying with your eyes closed for 30seconds and concentrate on your breath.
A study conducted at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem states that meditation may be the perfect way to minimize the effects of a migraine. Lead author of the study, Dr. Rebecca Erwin Wells, said that some participants in the study took two-hour classes about meditation for eight weeks. Afterwards they meditated on their own for 35 to 40 minute five days a week. It was proved that their headaches were shorter and less severe and in addition they reported that their headaches had been 1.4 times fewer on average per month.
Tweet pain away
Researchers at the University of Michigan analyzed over 20.000 tweets regarding migraine and it seems that if you express your feelings about the pain you will feel better. The author of the study, Alexandre DaSilva, explained that cognitive and emotional areas in the brain can modulate activity linked to the perception of physical pain. If you deal with a migraine which goes beyond the emotional, using social media can help you feel relieved.
Do not be overconcerned with what you eat
People who suffer from migraine are very cautious with what they eat and they may exclude foods which could trigger migraine from their menu. Dr. Fred Cutrer of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester suggested that in most cases migraines are caused by a combination of factors, not only by what you eat. If you sleep less, smell a strong perfume, see flickering lights and eat a cold-cut sandwich you may have a headache if all these happen in the same day. Otherwise you do not have to worry so much about food. Dr. Cutrer also recommended eating crackers or bread which raise the level of sugar in your blood and can help ease the symptoms.
Don’t exaggerate with migraine treatment
When you experience migraines you should not rush to pay for expensive imaging tests or go to a specialist. A team of researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital found out that 12 million Americans receive unnecessary treatment in cases of migraine. John Mafi, the author of the study, suggests that patients should first of all discuss with their doctors about their migraines. According to clinical guidelines regarding headaches doctors should recommend migraine sufferers first of all to make lifestyle changes. Patients should lead a healthy lifestyle which includes eating vegetables and fruits and regular physical exercise. Another thing which may help is keeping a headache diary. By doing so those who suffer from migraine can keep track of what causes their headaches and try to prevent those factors.
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