Lifestyle Changes for Migraine Management
Research shows that certain healthy behaviors, done consistently, reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine symptoms. Some of these behaviors are even proven to work as well as some migraine medications. The evidence is so compelling that headache specialists now recommend lifestyle changes as a part of any migraine treatment plan.
No matter where you are in your journey with headache and migraine, these are the lifestyle changes you can use every day to help you improve.
Of all the holistic ways to treat migraines, sleep can be the most powerful. However, having migraine makes you up to eight times more likely to have a sleep disorder. That’s why one focus of the Ctrl M Health app is getting you the healthy, consistent sleep your body needs. Our Sleep module helps you identify your natural patterns, develop healthy habits, and set up the right conditions for sleep with migraine. It also gives you tools to cope with the stress and head pain that can keep you awake.
There are a lot of confusing messages out there about what foods reduce migraine. It’s created a fad for deprivation diets that are hard to maintain. But promising research indicates that you can achieve natural migraine relief through a sensible, balanced approach to nutrition. The app’s Nutrition module helps you evaluate your habits, then layer in healthy nutritional strategies for migraine, including:
- Eating foods that reduce your inflammation
- Creating consistency in your caffeine and nutritional patterns
- Helping you understand and address unhelpful habits, like emotional eating, that may inhibit your progress with migraine
Dehydration is a proven migraine trigger. Drinking the right amount of water for you is a small but powerful way to protect against headache and migraine attacks.
The Ctrl M Health app’s Hydration module has tools to help you figure out your signs of dehydration, determine the daily water intake ideal for your body, and get you into a lasting habit of replenishing fluids to prevent migraine attacks.
Movement is such a powerful migraine treatment that it’s been shown to be just as effective as medications for migraine. And yet up to 78% of people with migraine avoid exercise — perfectly understandable, since exercise can trigger attacks. No matter your fitness level or migraine severity, the app’s Movement module will help you find the right exercise frequency, intensity, time and types for you. Migraine-centric tools, tips and techniques include:
- Body awareness & posture assessment
- Basic movement patterns for functional strength
- Complementary Movement: yoga, tai chi, qigong, acupressure
- Aerobic exercise
- Physical therapy techniques to relieve neck and shoulder tension
Mindfulness and Meditation
Adding healthy behaviors to your migraine treatment plan