Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in Richmond, VA
Wang, Xiaoyan, L. Ac., MD (China)
Phone: (804) 301-1784
Email: xy9803@yahoo.com or info@acupuncturistwang.com
http://www.AcupuncturistWang.com
Self-care measures for Migraines
It's important to take good care of yourself. The same lifestyle choices that promote good health can reduce the frequency and severity of your migraines. Lifestyle is the most effective way to handle migraines.

Seek a calm environment

At the first sign of a migraine, retreat from your usual activities if possible.
Turn out the lights. Migraines often increase sensitivity to light and sound. Relax in a dark, quiet room. Sleep if you can.
Try temperature therapy. Apply hot or cold compresses to your head or neck. Ice packs have a numbing effect, which may dull the sensation of pain. Hot packs and heating pads can relax tense muscles. Warm showers or baths may have a similar effect.
Massage painful areas. Apply gentle pressure to your scalp or temples. Alleviate muscle tension with a shoulder or neck massage. Drink a caffeinated beverage. In small amounts, caffeine can enhance the pain-reducing effects of acetaminophen and aspirin. Be careful, however. Drinking too much caffeine too often can lead to withdrawal headaches later on.

Sleep well

Migraines may keep you from falling asleep or wake you up at night. Likewise, migraines are often triggered by a poor night's sleep.
Unwind at the end of the day. Anything that helps you relax can promote better sleep. Listen to soothing music, soak in a warm bath or read a favorite book. But watch what you eat and drink before bedtime. Heavy meals, caffeine, nicotine and alcohol can interfere with sleep.
Minimize distractions. Save your bedroom for sleep and intimacy. Don't watch television or take work materials to bed. Close your bedroom door. Use a fan to muffle distracting noises.
Don't try to sleep. The harder you try to sleep, the more awake you'll feel. If you can't fall asleep, read or do another quiet activity until you become drowsy.

Eat wisely

Your eating habits can influence your migraines. Consider the basics:
Be consistent. Eat at about the same time every day.
Don't skip meals. Breakfast is especially important.
Avoid foods that trigger migraines.

Exercise regularly

During physical activity, your body releases certain chemicals that block pain signals to your brain. These chemicals also help alleviate anxiety and depression conditions that can make migraines worse. Walking, swimming and cycling may be good choices. But it's important to start slowly. Exercising too vigorously can trigger migraines.

Manage stress

Stress and migraines often go hand in hand. You can't avoid daily stress, but you can keep it under control which can help you prevent migraines.
Simplify your life. Rather than looking for ways to squeeze more activities or chores into the day, find a way to leave some things out.
Manage your time wisely. Update your to-do list every day both at work and at home. Delegate what you can, and break large projects into manageable chunks.
Take a break. If you feel overwhelmed, a few slow stretches or a quick walk may renew your energy for the task at hand.
Adjust your attitude. Stay positive. If you find yourself thinking, "This can't be done," switch gears. Think instead, "This will be tough. But I can make it work."
Let go. Don't worry about things you can't control.
Relax. Deep breathing from your diaphragm can help you relax. Try to do 20 minutes of deep breathing every day. It may also help to consciously relax your muscles, one group at a time. When you're done, sit quietly for a minute or two.

Strive for balance

Living with migraines is a daily challenge. But making healthy lifestyle choices can help. Believe in your ability to take control of the pain.
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Wang, Xiaoyan
Phone: (804) 301-1784
Email: xy9803@yahoo.com
http://www.acupuncturistwang.com