Treatment for Migraines without Medication

Headache, Migraine, Upper Cervical

If you’ve ever experienced a migraine, you know how painful, almost crippling they can be and when the symptoms strike you want relief. While we want fast relief, it’s equally important to find something that works for the long haul and if possible, permanently. While there are a number of over the counter and prescription drugs that treat migraines, there are also a quite a few natural options that have little or no risky side effects including the following:

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

A dose of these amazingly healthy fats can fight the inflammation that is quite often the cause of many headaches including some migraines. Good sources of omega 3’s include flax seeds or oil, fresh salmon or fish oil supplements. A good omega-3 fatty acid company is Nordic naturals. You can find more information at


Another approach to alleviating migraine symptoms is hydrotherapy and you can do it at home. Basically, you take a shower with the water temperature as hot as you can stand it for a couple of minutes, followed by 2 or 3 minutes of cold water, alternating between the two for around 20 minutes. This technique improves circulation as well as increases blood flow. Another hydrotherapy technique would be to put your feet in icy cold water and place a hot compress on the back of your neck. This treatment method causes the blood to flow down towards your feet, which relieves the pressure in your head.

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Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Upper Cervical Chiropractic is a very precise and gentle form of Chiropractic that specifically deals with the vertebral subluxation (when one or more of the bones in your spine are out of alignment) at the top of the spine. Eliminating the vertebral subluxation near the brain stem helps ensure an accurate flow of communication between your nervous system and the rest of the body, allowing for a full range of efficient brain stem function and healing properties to effectively synchronize your vital organ systems. Even more important, it can reduce migraine headaches to almost nothing, or even eliminate them all together, over time.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

One of the most important things you can do for overall good health is to consistently maintain a healthy lifestyle and this applies to migraines as well. Regular sleep, balanced with regular meals has been proven to prevent migraines for many people. You should try to go to bed at the same time every night and get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep. Low blood sugar can trigger migraine headaches and by maintaining a healthy, consistent lifestyle plan that includes a good night’s sleep and regular, balanced meals can prevent a low blood sugar episode. Making time for regular exercise can help fight a migraine episode as well.

Learn How to Deal with Stress

Learn how to manage excess stress, anxiety and depression by meditating, taking a walk, yoga, basically anything that helps you unwind. You may want to see a counselor that deals with these specific problems; they can teach you strategies to relieve emotional issues with stress being at the top of the list because it can trigger migraines.

Implementing these 5 all-natural strategies may help to prevent or relieve migraine headaches, permanently.

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Dr. Craig Lapenski and Dr. Martha Schenk of Advanced Spinal Care, in Graham, Washington are your Graham NUCCA Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Puyallup, Tacoma, Olympia, and Sumner. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, vertigo, neck and back pain, and more. More information can be found on our website at