Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tricks to Conquer Migraines

Because I have been blessed (sarcasm) with migraines, I have some background in treating them once they have started. If your migraine has already started, there is not much that can be done, but there are a few things that can make your experience less grueling. Here is a short, but effective, list of tricks to conquer migraines.

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Tip 1: Treat it like you have the flu, and put a damp cloth on your head. This feels soothing, as if the pressure is being lifted from your forehead.

Tip 2:
Turn off all the lights, and hang out in a dark room. Make sure there is little-to-no light in your space.

Tip 3:
Sit up straight against the wall. If you lay down, the blood will rush to your head.

Tip 4:
Relax all muscles in your body. Neck, shoulders, arm, hands, abdomen; thighs, calves, and feet.

Tip 5:
Aromatherapy. My mom made a great mixture for me – grape seed oil and basil. Put some on your wrist.

Tip 6: Breathe. If you aren’t breathing your body will become tense, and that intensifies the migraine.