June 1, 2022
by Delaney

Common Migraine Triggers – How to Better Manage Stress and Decrease Migraine Frequencies

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We all know the onset of migraines often means dark room, cold face towel, zero sound, and a comfy bed. Migraines can be physically debilitating and can last hours even days, which causes individuals to have the inability to function.

Migraines has a wide range of symptoms from pulsing, throbbing, and severe pain. Even though there are many different triggers for patients, learning what causes migraines, common triggers, and how acupuncture can help you are great tools to help for migraine sufferers.

 

Common Triggers

 

Stress

 

Stress is one of the most common triggers for migraines. Even though stress can be difficult to avoid, stress can be a primary or complicating factor to the cause of your migraine.

According to WebMd, “As many as 80% of people who get migraines list stress as a common trigger...The stress-headache connection may be worse in women than men” (Bernstein, 2021).

When you are stressed, our bodies produces more serotonin which is considered our stress hormone by enabling the body to respond to stress. Stress hormones constricts blood vessels, which often contributes to a migraine attack.

Committing to a consistent sleep schedule, acupuncture, meditation, and physical activities can be help with managing stress. Influencing recommended methods with managing stress will reduce the production of serotonin and decrease the ability for stress to trigger a migraine attack.

 

Sleep Schedules

 

Sleep has an important role in our overall health. A good night’s rest is the most powerful medicine mentally, physically, and emotionally. When sleep schedules are interrupted or become irregular, one is more prone to the pain of all types, including migraines.

Sleep provides ultimate and valuable benefits by rejuvenating metabolic energy, enhances immune system, reduces stress levels, improves brain function, and more.

Maintaining a consistent bedtime/wake-up time schedule, developing a bedtime routine, turning off electronic devices can significantly reduce migraines frequencies. Acupuncture can significantly improve symptoms in a span of one hour by balancing our bodies and influencing a better rest at night.

 

Dehydration

 

According to the American Migraine Foundation, “About 1/3 of people with migraine say dehydration is a trigger, and for some, even the slightest hint of dehydration can be the fast track to debilitating head pain” (AMF, 2017). 

Dehydration can play in various roles by causing dizziness, confusion, or immediate medical attention. Typically, water intake can vary from each individual but it is important to have at least four to six cups of water a day to avoid dehydration and triggering migraines.

However, be aware of the intake of caffeinated drinks or alcohol since they are triggers for dehydration because these beverages make you urinate.

Influencing a routine to track fluid intake and carrying a water bottle is recommended to avoid dehydration and reduce the debilitating effects of migraines. Reduce the consumption of coffee, sodas, tea, and alcohol can also help eliminate upcoming migraines.

 

Hormonal Changes

 

In addition, hormone triggers can have an impact of migraines. “Women are three times more likely to have migraine than men, and up to 75% of women find that they experience attacks around the time of their menstrual period” (AMF, 2017). When women are experiencing migraine attacks around the time of their menstrual periods, it is because of a change in estrogen and progesterone levels.

Making lifestyle changes such as reducing stress levels can change headache patterns by reducing pain symptoms we all experience with migraines. In addition, acupuncture is a great interdisciplinary approach towards balancing hormonal levels and releasing endorphins to relieve pain.

If you are experiencing with frequent or occasional migraines, it is very important to understand personal triggers. Even though there are various triggers, these triggers are essential to managing the best with your migraines. Using acupuncture treatments for migraines are great steps in reclaiming your health and minimizing the frequency of headache episodes.

Typically patients state acupuncture to be really relaxing and a beneficial experience. Although, the number of sessions and treatment frequency can vary depending on each individual unique story, medical history, the severity, and occurrences of your migraines.

If you would like to seek acupuncture treatments for migraines naturally, then visit us your local Metrowest location in Framingham and speak to one of our team members!

 

References

Bernstein, S. (2021, December 9). COPE with your stress migraine triggers. WebMD. Retrieved May 13, 2022, from https://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/stress-triggers-chronic-migraine

 

Top 10 migraine triggers and how to deal with them: AMF. American Migraine Foundation. (2017, July 27). Retrieved May 13, 2022, from https://americanmigrainefoundation.org/resource-library/top-10-migraine-triggers/