Chiropractors perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system. There are also different muscle therapies such as, electric muscle stimulation, ultrasound, deep tissue laser therapy, decompression, massage that go along side the adjustments.
Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day. Inadequate hydration may lead you to develop a headache. In fact, studies have demonstrated that chronic dehydration is a common cause of tension headaches and migraines.
Take Some Magnesium
5-600 mg per day. Studies have shown to help decrease the occurrence of headaches and migraines.
This can be a trigger for many people. It’s a vasodilator, meaning it widens blood vessels and allows blood to flow more freely. Vasodilation may cause headaches in some people. In fact, headaches are a common side effect of vasodilators like blood pressure medications.
Get Adequate Sleep
Most of us should be getting at least between 7-9 hours of sleep per night. For example, one study compared headache frequency and severity in those who got less than six hours of sleep per night and those who slept longer. It found that those who got less sleep had more frequent and severe headaches. B
Avoid Foods High in Histamine
Histamine is a chemical found naturally in the body that plays a role in the immune, digestive and nervous systems. Examples of food are aged cheeses, fermented food, beer, wine, smoked fish and cured meats. Some people are not able to excrete histamine properly because they have impaired function of the enzymes responsible for breaking it down which is a trigger for headaches.
Use Essential Oils
Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids that contain aromatic compounds from a variety of plants. They have many therapeutic benefits and are most often used topically, though some can be ingested. Past Tense from Doterra is a formulation for headaches that comes in a roller bottle. You can roll this on the back of your neck and temples. Other beneficial oils are lavender, peppermint, and frankincense.
Try a B-Complex Vitamin
B vitamins are a group of water-soluble micronutrients that play many important roles in the body. For example, they contribute to neurotransmitter synthesis and help turn food into energy. Studies show that some B vitamins may have a protective effect against headaches.
Applying cold or frozen compresses to the neck or head area decreases inflammation, slows nerve conduction and constricts blood vessels, all of which help reduce headache pain.