• 5 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Headaches

    on Jan 3rd, 2018

You can find a long list of over-the-counter drugs offering headache relief. Regardless of their effectiveness, wouldn’t you prefer to prevent the headache in the first place? Even most prescription drugs only target the symptoms, not the root cause of your pain.

Our team at Enhanced Medical Centers specializes in treating headaches through a holistic approach. There are several ways to reduce your risk of experiencing headaches. We have listed five, non-pharmaceutical suggestions for decreasing your risk of headache pain.

1. Follow proper ergonomics

Headaches can result from poor positioning of the neck and head for prolonged periods of time. If you spend several hours a day in front of a computer, it is critical that you follow good ergonomic posture rules.

Make sure your screen sits at eye level or slightly below. If your screen is too high, your neck will lean back, shortening and tightening your neck muscles. If your screen is too low, the weight of your head will pull your neck forward, keeping your neck muscles stretched taut.

When your neck is properly positioned, it promotes proper blood flow and nerve health. By maintaining proper ergonomic positioning throughout the workday, you can reduce the chances of experiencing a tension headache.

2. Schedule regular massages

Even when following proper ergonomics, neck and shoulder muscles can still get tense and tight. Stress has more of an impact on our physical health than we often realize. Situational stress from your job, relationship issues, financial problems, or any number of difficulties in life can cause our muscles to tense up. When those muscles stay tight, headaches are a common result.

Scheduling a monthly or weekly massage therapy appointment can help alleviate the tension in your neck and shoulder muscles. Therapeutic massage helps your muscles to relax. When massage is part of a regular wellness routine, you are less likely to experience headaches as a result of stress.

3. See a chiropractor regularly

Headache pain can come from the tightness of muscles in your neck, shoulders, and back. It can also come from the nerves which flow up your spinal column and reach every area of your head. When the spine is out of alignment, pressure on your sensitive nerves can result in a variety of health problems, including headaches.

Doctors of chiropractic provide a well-rounded approach to health and wellness, which addresses nutrition, posture, and spinal adjustments. Regular spinal adjustments, as directed by a doctor of chiropractic, can help correct sublications in the spine and reduce your risk of headaches as a result.

4. Stay well-hydrated

Fluids are essential to our daily health. We become uncomfortable when our mouth, skin, or eyes become too dry. When our entire body is functioning on a decreased fluid level, things shrink and become less supple. When that happens to our brain, it can cause pain. A headache is one symptom of dehydration.

Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine and sugary drinks when spending time in the heat or involved in activities that make you perspire. Caffeine and sugar can cause you to lose fluids faster. Stick to water or sports drinks, which replenish your electrolytes, instead.

5. Add dietary supplements

The American Migraine Foundation recommends adding select dietary supplements to help prevent some types of migraine headaches. Magnesium, CoQ10, and B2 (Riboflavin) are three supplements they recommend for the prevention of migraine headaches. Doctors of chiropractic can provide further guidance related to supplements that can benefit those who suffer from frequent headaches.

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