Migraine Relief Without Drugs: The Best Ways To Do It

Written and verified by Holly Hazen

Are you looking for better migraine relief without drugs? Are you tired of taking potentially harmful drugs for your migraine headaches with loads of side effects?

Do you want to discover some cheap and natural solutions for reducing your pain? Of course you do, after all that's why you are here... so let's look at what can help relieve that horrific pain.

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There are many different migraine headache treatments available today that are both safe and effective.

I can recommend a few things that will provide you with a good source of options.

Having options is important to me.

Natural treatment methods can provide migraine relief without drugs. Many are supportive of your overall health in general and are usually harmless. If you find something that works for you it can work out to be cheaper than traditional pain medications.

Sure, it's possible you could experience a negative reaction or even increase your headache pain because of a natural treatment, but the odds of having serious side effects are far less than with pain-relieving medications.

Either way, I suggest you check out everything you are taking or planning to try with all of your health care professionals.

The Problem Is... Migraine Is Not One Size Fits All

People are different from each other. A natural treatment that might relieve one person's migraine headaches may not relieve someone else's.

But at the same time, just because one migraine headache treatment does not work for one person does not mean it won't work for you. This is so important.

There are many effective migraine relief without drugs alternatives to taking medication when it comes to relieving migraine headaches. One of these alternative methods may be just what you have been looking for.

Do Chiropractic Adjustments Work?

Chiropractic adjustments, or chiropractic manipulations, are a very popular natural treatment method for headache relief.

Patients with migraine headaches have been visiting chiropractors for over 100 years, and with very good results.

Studies have shown that over 80% of headache patients find relief with chiropractic care.

Plus, chiropractic treatment has been shown to be extremely safe. Spinal injuries or problems do cause headaches and by correcting these spinal problems many headache sufferers find welcome relief.

However... it did nothing for my migraines. And migraine experts say NOT to use chiropractic adjustments to treat migraines - the studies show that this is not an effective treatment for migraine.

Biofeedback Provides Migraine Relief Without Drugs

For Some!

Biofeedback is another form of treatment that is safe and can be effective in eliminating pain.

Different biofeedback training programs help a person develop the ability to control their autonomic (involuntary) nervous system. Functions that are normally automatic can be controlled voluntarily.

This technique makes it possible for a person to control their own heart rate, blood pressure, skin temperature, and of course, the relaxation of their tense muscles.

Stress can cause tension, which can lead to muscle tightness (muscle tension) and cause headaches. By relaxing these tense muscles, especially in the neck, it is possible to relieve the tension causing the migraine headaches.

With biofeedback, once the technique is learned there is no longer any need for the biofeedback equipment. The migraine sufferer can now produce the desired effect anytime, anywhere.

The result is being able to control certain bodily functions, such as muscle relaxation, which can help reduce and relieve their migraine headaches.

Biofeedback is now a highly recommended treatment for finding migraine relief without drugs.

These all get high scores for migraine relief. Give one a try.

Sort Out Your Food Allergies Or Sensitivities

Most people are unaware that too much salt can cause headaches. And by simply lessening the salt intake headaches can sometimes be prevented. There is good salt and bad salt too!

Good sea salt has minerals still in it, while white table salt does not. White table salt is not recommended for migraine sufferers.

Food allergies or sensitivities can also cause migraine headaches. Certain foods such as aged cheese, alcohol, monosodium glutamate (a food additive), nuts, beans, caffeine, chocolate, citrus fruits and onions can cause migraines.

Foods that cause headaches are called "triggers."

People who experience migraine headaches because of food sensitivities can avoid their pain by simply eliminating the foods causing the reaction leading to the pain.

However, it’s not always easy to discover which foods are the culprits. One way is to keep a food diary. Get a small notebook, with each page representing one day. On each daily page make three columns.

The first column will contain the hours in the day. The second column will be a list of the foods eaten that day. And the third column will list the symptoms that you experience.

As an example, if you had eggs and toast for breakfast at 8 AM you would write “eggs and toast” in the food column that corresponds with 8 AM. Make a note of everything that is eaten on this list and at what time they were eaten.

When you eventually experience a migraine headache you write “migraine headache” or “headache” down in the symptoms column at the time it began. For example, if one of your headaches begins at 2 PM you will write “headache” in the symptoms column for 2 PM.

If you have more extreme symptoms, please download some of my free trackers to help with recognizing and identifying your patterns.

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It may take a few weeks or even a few months, but after experiencing a few migraine headaches, with the help of the food / migraine diary, you will be able to tell which foods are causing the reactions.

Over time, by figuring out which ingredients in these foods are causing your pain, you will be able to eliminate these ingredients and relieve some pain or even eliminate the migraine attacks entirely.

Oh happy days! Migraine relief without drugs.

Find Good Ways To Relieve Your Tension

Another very common cause of tension headaches and migraine headaches is just plain stress. People who experience tension can get headaches from their increased tension.

Relieving tension can often relieve migraine headaches. Tension can be relieved in many ways such as with biofeedback training (as explained above).

Taking a warm bath or shower, lying down and resting in a quiet dark room, putting something cold on the back of the neck (at the base of the skull) reduces tension.

Having someone massage your neck muscles and possibly your temporal region will help relieve your tension and muscle spasms. Regular exercise can also, over time, reduce tension. 

Here Are The Best Ways To Find Migraine Relief Without Drugs

1. Learn biofeedback to help eliminate your pain.

2. Sort out any food allergies or sensitivities. 

3. Keep a diary and keep good records for your doctors.

4. Find good ways to relieve tension and pressure on your scalp and head. So give yourself a head massage when you feel the pressure building. Practice relaxation (yoga, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, physiotherapy). Get a massage.

5. Try a cold pack and experiment with a heating pad or hot compress. See what works best for you.

6. Dim the lights and rest in a dark room.

7. Drink some caffeine. A short black coffee might do the trick, or a good ol' cup of tea.

8. Take some powdered ginger (try 1/8 teaspoon for starters). You can take some every 20 minutes until the pain subsides.

***And be sure to talk to your doctor about what headache symptoms you should not try to treat at home.***

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Migraine Relief Without Drugs Ref: WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS (May 21, 2018) Available [online] at: https://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/5-ways-to-get-rid-of-headache#2