For some people, a migraine headache can ruin their entire day. Others have found treatments that work for them, but medications can require time to kick in. Some also worry about dependency or side effects from drugs.

That’s why focusing on prevention is often the better course of action. It can take some time, but with careful attention to timing and lifestyle factors you might discover a pattern. Then you can alter behaviors and habits to prevent migraines most, if not all of the time.

Consider your diet. Keep a food journal for a few weeks. It doesn’t need to be fancy; simply jotting down each meal or snack will suffice. Then, take note of when your migraines begin. Many migraine sufferers discover that particular foods or beverages, such as caffeine, cheese, red wine, artificial sweeteners, chocolate, and more, seem to trigger their headaches.

Consider your environment. Do your migraines strike at a particular time of day, or when you spend time at a certain location? Sometimes scents, bright lights, loud noises, and other environmental factors can contribute to the problem.

Address your stress. If stress appears to trigger migraines, you already know what you need to do. Take measures to reduce stress in your life, like getting better quality sleep, exercising regularly, or setting up a self care routine.

Monitor your hydration. Simple dehydration can be enough to trigger migraines in some people. If you’re not sipping on water throughout the day, and drinking a full glass of it with each meal, increase your water consumption. If your urine is light yellow to clear, you’re well hydrated.

Watch your posture. Poor posture can sometimes contribute to migraine headaches. Remember to sit and stand with your back straight and your head level, with your gaze pointing straight forward. Avoid looking up or down, especially at a TV or phone screen, for extended periods of time.

Give us a call. Chiropractic care often works wonders for migraine sufferers. Together we will assess causative factors and help you make changes to reduce the frequency of your migraines.