Tips to Help Avoid Headaches & Migraines

Has a headache or migraine ever caused you to miss work or social engagements?  Whether they’re chronic or sporadic, once we get a headache, we need it to end as soon as possible.  Often, headache victims rely on over-the-counter medication that don’t fix the problem and only masks the pain. 

Chiropractors take a different approach.  A comprehensive history and evaluation can find the root cause and conservative care can help reduce headache and migraine frequency, intensity, and duration.

Additionally, your chiropractor can provide tips on keeping them away and what to do at home to relieve them faster should one develop.

Headaches and Migraines can strike anyone at any time.  We often don’t notice known triggers until it’s too late or we simply can’t get away from them.

Knowing your triggers can help you avoid them from developing.

Common causes of headaches and migraines include:

  • Mental stress
  • Muscular imbalance and tension
  • Eye strain
  • Seasonal change
  • Neck trauma
  • Dehydration and hunger
  • Poor, static posture
  • Improperly setup workstation
  • Sensory overload
  • Environmental factors

Dr. Oakley will also discuss other possible causes of headaches and migraines, including:

In many cases, your headaches can be easily managed by knowing how to care for your body.  Developing a plan with an experienced chiropractor to restore optimal spinal function could be the key to reducing the frequency and intensity of your headaches and migraines.  When soft tissue dysfunction in the neck, jaw, shoulders, and thoracic spine become normalized due to habitual poor movement patterns or posture, headaches typically aren’t a question of if, but when. 

  • Your workspace setup
  • How to properly sit and stand
  • Tips to help control stress
  • Exercises and stretches to enhance strength & support
  • Correct movement patterns
  • Food intolerances
  • And more

Natural Tips to Help Reduce Headache and Migraine Discomfort Quickly

Triggers happen.  Migraines happen.  Sometimes it’s unavoidable.  In fact, more people complain about headaches than any other physical issue (even the common cold).  So, what can you do to help get safe, natural headache relief at home?

Natural solutions to help get relief right now:

  • Reduce faulty posture – the best posture is a moving posture, yet tucking your chin to prevent jutting your head forward will reduce pressure on suboccipital musculature
  • Stretch and move – Bend the head forward, bend your ear to shoulder, rotate your head from side to side, draw circles with your nose
  • Reduce stress – remove yourself from a stressful situation, take a break, partake in breathing exercises, get some fresh air, take a walk
  • Move away from heightened sensory areas – go to a dark room, avoid harsh noise or smells, put on a white noise machine
  • Massage – gently massage tense muscles around the temples, jaw, and neck to promote relaxation
  • Ice Therapy – put a cool pack on the back of your neck or across your eyes and forehead
  • Eat and drink water

Chiropractic Solutions to Treat Headaches and Migraines in Knoxville

Taking care of your body is essential.  When we don’t, many areas of life can be affected.  Dr. Oakley has the conservative, evidence-based, and effective resources to help you find headache relief and give your invaluable tools to help keep them away.

Common chiropractic headache solutions include:

  • Chiropractic Manipulation
  • Acupuncture/Dry Needling
  • Soft Tissue Manipulation (Pin & Stretch)
  • Rehabilitative Exercises
  • Instrumented Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM)
  • Lifestyle and exercise guidance

If you’re ready live without limitations, let’s get started. 

Visit United Spine & Performance to Alleviate Headaches and Migraines

Using Chiropractic care and a multidisciplinary approach, we’ll design the optimal plan for your needs.  Don’t let headaches control you, we’ll get you back to living without limitations.

Contact United Spine & Performance today.