Did you know that 11 million canadians each and every year are negatively impacted by headaches and that migraines alone cost in excess of 35 billion. Now I’ll be the first one to admit that sometimes reaching for medication can be helpful. But if you’re looking for a more holistic and natural approach in today’s video, I’m gonna be sharing 10 alternatives for you to give a try.
My name is dr. Chris from cameron family chiropractic and I’m right here in lucan. Over the last 20 years, I’ve had the privilege of helping more than 8500 people kiss goodbye to back and neck pain. Let’s dive into those 10 strategies. Now number one is to start with heat.
He can be fantastic when the muscles are tight in the back of the neck, up into the skull. So pop a heat back on the back of your neck, on the back of your back and give that a try. But if you’re dealing with the migraine, don’t use heat for a migraine. That brings us to number two.
Number two, try a cold pack which can be fantastic for migraines across the forehead, the back of the neck and the back of the head. Give it, give it a try their great options. Number three, self massage can be fantastic for many different types of headaches, particularly if it’s sinus related or tension across the forehead, the temples or the back part of the neck. Now because many headaches have a stress component to them. Tip number four is try a relaxation technique.
What I’m thinking about relaxation. My favorite thing to do is to do 3 to 5 minutes of just deep nasal breathing. I find a quiet room. I grab a seat, close my eyes and I concentrate on breathing in and out through my nose. If that’s not your thing, then you can try one of the many meditation apps that you can find your app store tip number five hydration, water is by far the best way for you to hydrate your body.
So start with somewhere between 1. 5 and 2 liters of water each day. Now remember if you’re drinking lots of coffee and sugary drinks, these can often have a dehydrating effect on the body. So it might mean you have to drink a little bit more extra water. Tip number six, the research world continues to be amazed about the wonderful effects of magnesium.
Low magnesium has clinically been related to an increased risk of migraines and supplementing with magnesium. Surprise! Surprise! It has been shown to help with both migraines and headaches. Tip number seven exercise, a large study in excess of 92,000 people showed that those people that were more active had less headaches.
Now this doesn’t mean that you have to be an olympic athlete. As little as 15 minutes a day has been shown to have a significant benefit. So keep on moving. Tip number eight sleep. For those people that are consistently getting less than six hours of sleep. It’s has significantly shown an increased risk of headaches compared to those who are actually getting more than six hours of sleep a night.
Number nine try essential oils. Okay, now this one may be a surprise to many of you, but dianne and I have been talking about the benefits of essential oils for a couple of years now. But there’s really good research to show that lavender oil and peppermint oil are a good natural option if you’re dealing with headaches, last but not least, tip number 10, you should visit your chiropractor for an adjustment.
There’s a growing base of research to show that headaches have a neck component to them. In fact, a 2011 study found that chiropractic care was really helpful for both migraines and cervicogenic headache. So there you have it. That’s 10 natural alternatives for you to give a go before reaching for those painkillers.
Now, if today’s video has been helpful. Then please consider sharing it with a friend or a loved one who might be dealing with headaches. Now if you’re suffering from neck pain, shoulder tension, or headaches then I’d love to try and help. Like I mentioned earlier over the last 20 years, I have helped thousands of people in the local community of lucan with this exact type of thing.
You can give the office a call at (519) 227 1363 and we would be happy to try to get you back on track as soon as possible. Until then be good and if you can’t be good, be careful.