Lifestyle modifications often reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. Healthful practices and avoiding environmental causes that can trigger pain can be more effective to helping reduce the number of migraines. This quick list is full of great tips and habit that doctors would recommend to those who suffer of chronic migraines.
Keep a regular schedule.
Even for those who aren’t suffering from chronic migraines or headaches, excitement and unpredictability can be difficult to avoid. That’s why it’s best to make sure you’re headed to bed and trying to get some shut-eye at the same time every night, and just as importantly, rising at the same time every morning. A good sleep schedule can help improve sleep quality. By reducing the lack of sleep, the daily headaches – even among those who don’t suffer from chronic migraines – can reduce. Also, eating meals on a regular basis to keep the blood sugar up, can help avoid symptoms, or even an attack.
Get moderate exercise.
Regular exercise, more specifically yoga, can benefit those who suffer from migraines. Stay away from high-intensity workouts and dehydration, as working up a sweat can trigger a series of post-workout-headaches, most commonly caused by a simple run. Keeping a moderate intensity and staying well hydrated are important during an exercise session.
Take time to relax.
Stress is a BIG headache trigger. Stress management techniques like meditation, biofeedback and behavioral therapy can reduce migraines and better patients to cope with anxiety-producing events. Relaxing with a massage or aromatherapy can also help keep stress at a low level.
Avoid food triggers.
Keeping a food diary or headache journal can help migraine patients track what dietary elements to avoid. The most common headache triggers include chocolate, alcohol, lunch meats, dried fruits and ages cheese. Caffeine and food chemicals such as artificial sweeteners and colors can also be culprits.
Keep a headache journal.
Just like how certain foods trigger migraines, agents like bright lights and odors do, too. Keeping a journal of what triggers an attack or the symptoms can be useful for developing awareness of environmental factors that contribute to the pain.
Eat a nutritious diet.
Processed foods are rife with chemicals, so a diet of natural ingredients is preferred for those who suffer from chronic migraines. Fresh fruits and vegetables should be chosen over canned. Eating small, helpful meals throughout the day is recommended.
Limit medications containing estrogen.
Hormone replacement therapy drugs and contraceptives can trigger or even worsen migraines. Patients should always consult their doctor about and before reducing dosages, or even discontinuation of intake.
Ginger can be well tolerated when consumed in a fresh or powdered form if the dosage is not excessive, unlike many other herbs and nutritional supplements. Some patients have reported that ginger has reduced their pain and frequency of episodes.
Take riboflavin (Vitamin B2).
According to studies, riboflavin has been shown to decrease the frequency, but not severity or duration, of migraine attacks. Although the supplement is considered to be safe, high doses to cause diarrhea.
A healthy lifestyle just as important when it comes to those who suffer from migraines as it is everyone else. For you who suffer from chronic migraines, the effort spent incorporating these practices into your daily routine with be very worthwhile.
IT SOUNDS SO COMPLICATED. DON’T GIVE UP, HOWEVER THERE IS HOPE!
TRUDENTA TREATMENT IS 95% SUCCESSFUL NATIONWIDE IF YOU ARE IN PAIN WITH JAW PAIN, NECK PAIN, FACIAL PAIN, PERSISTENT HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES. Trudenta was developed by a neurologist who was tired of not getting his patients better. Each year he would give his patients pain medication. Each year the volume of the pain would increase and he would have to increase the dosage. He was not happy with this approach. This neurologist was unique in that he also had a PHD in sports medicine and realized that knots in the muscles (known as trigger points) were the main culprits of persistent headaches, migraines, TMJ pain, neck and facial pain.
What causes knots or trigger points in the muscles? The answer is overworking the muscle, mostly subconsciously. So, there is hope for the pain you are having. The hope is called TruDenta. TruDenta is a “spa like” treatment that does not involve addicting medication or injections. TruDenta treatment is 95% successful nationwide for those that qualify for treatment.
Wow, so how do I know if I qualify? We run a series of test and look for “red flags”. The “red flags” are as follows.
1. A FORCE IMBALANCE OF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE MOUTH VS THE LEFT SIDE OF THE MOUTH. If the force on your teeth on the left side is not balanced with the force on the right side this may lead to the brain subconsciously grinding or clenching to try the wear away the high points of the teeth on the offending side to equal out the forces right and left–we actually measure this with our t-scan.
WHY DOES GRINDING OR CLENCHING YOUR TEETH CAUSE PAIN (HEADACHES)? THE GRINDING OR CLENCHING CAUSES THE MUSCLES TO BE OVERWORKED AND IT CREATES KNOTS IN THE MUSCLES (ALSO KNOWN AS TRIGGER POINTS). THE KNOTS INTERFER WITH THE NERVES IN THE MUSCLES. THE NERVES TRAVEL PAST THE MUSCLE TO THE HEAD. THE IRRITATED NERVE THEN CAUSES HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES.
(PHOTO OF T-SCAN)
2. A FORCE IMBALANCE ON AN INDIVIDUAL TOOTH. With the sophisticated technology of our t-scan we can also measure the force on an individual tooth. If the force is too high, even on an individual tooth, this can notify the brain. The brain sends signals to the muscles to subconsciously even out the force. The muscles start to grind or brux to reduce the force on the individual tooth. As the muscle grind and clench it creates the knots or trigger points which lead to further pain.
3. IF YOUR MOUTHS IS RESTRICTED IN VERTICAL OPENING —30 mm or less—we actually measure this in a complimentary consultation. This means there are knots or triggers in the muscles that are reducing the movement.
4. IF YOUR MOUTH IS RESTRICTED IN LATERAL MOVEMENT(sided to side) This is a red flag. That is if you cannot move your jaw from the middle starting position, less than 11 mm or more to the right or less than 11 mm or more to the left then that is a red flag.
5. If you have joint sounds, clicking or popping on opening that is a red flag.
6. Tooth wear, which is an indicator of bruxism, clenching or grinding. This is a red flag.
7. Muscle pain in the face and neck. This is red flag.
8. Restricted cervical movment. This is measured in a complimentary consultation. This is an indicator that there are trigger points (knots in the muscles) that are restricting movment. These trigger points refer pain to the ear (tinnitus, congestion), the head (persiseant headaches and migraines)
If you have 3 to 4 of the above red flags then we can help! Contact us for a complimentary consultation today.
Believe it or not, 85 % of headaches are caused from triggers or knots in the muscles.
We also offer BOTOX for those people who don’t have 12 weeks for the TruDenta treatment. The TruDenta treatment is a permanent solution for the headaches. The botox takes about 20 minutes every 4 months so less time is needed. Botox just like TruDenta eliminates the triggers or knots in the muscles.
So TruDenta requires 12 hours of your time, but it is usually a one time solution or cure for headaches, muscle pain, TMJ pain.
BotoX requires 2 hours of your time per year, but requires that you visit us 4 times per year.
Both TruDenta and botox are usually covered under your medical insurance.
Contact us today for relief from your pain.