Close the Gap in Headache Care.
Lifestyle is a crucial part of migraine management. However, we know how challenging it can be to support your migraine patients in making behavioral changes, especially between appointments. This page contains free educational resources to help you close that gap for your patients — all developed in partnership with the Jefferson Headache Center.
We have developed tools that can benefit your patients at any stage of migraine, and are safe to use in conjunction with their migraine medication plan.
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Why lifestyle change?
Certain lifestyle behaviors have been linked to decreased migraine severity and attack frequency, like consistent meal timing, quality sleep, and proper hydration. These and other modifiable lifestyle factors have been shown to further influence the chronicity of migraine. However, patients often encounter multiple barriers in identifying and implementing these changes, especially as they try to also manage migraine. We have designed the following resources to support you and your patients in learning more about the connection between lifestyle and migraine.
For your patients:
- Stage of change has consistently been correlated with patient outcomes when implementing new healthy behaviors. Give our “How Ready Are You for Change” handout to help get them started.
- Watch headache specialist Dr. William Young, MD, FAHS, FAAN, FANA explain why lifestyle choices are a crucial part of your patient’s toolkit (see video).
- Read our Summary on the latest research on lifestyle and migraine.
Our free, downloadable patient handouts cover a range of evidenced-based topics for the non-medication management of migraine and positive lifestyle changes.
These companion tools are designed to support patients in implementing the lifestyle behaviors that are most applicable for their life with migraine.
Full List of Patient Handouts:
Lifestyle (watch video)
- Lifestyle Changes for Migraine Handout
Behavior Change (Watch Video)
- How Ready Are You for Change Handout
- Prepare for Change Handout
Sleep (Watch Video)
- Sleep and Migraine Handout
Nutrition (Watch Video)
- The Migraine-Nutrition Connection Handout
Hydration (Watch Video)
- Hydration for Migraine Handout
Movement & Exercise (Watch Video)
- Movement and Migraine Handout
- Therapeutic Self-Care and Migraine Handout
Self-Awareness (Watch Video)
- Self-Awareness for Migraine
- Stress Management for Migraine
Connection (Watch Video)
- Connectedness and Migraine Handout
Self-Efficacy (Watch Video)
- Building Confidence with Migraine Handout
Growth (Watch Video)
- Grow in Your Life with Migraine Handout
Spanish Language Patient Handouts:
Lifestyle (watch video)
- Lifestyle Changes for Migraine Handout (Spanish Language)
Behavior Change (Watch Video)
- How Ready Are You for Change Handout (Spanish Language)
- Prepare for Change Handout (Spanish Language)
Sleep (Watch Video)
- Sleep and Migraine Handout (Spanish Language)
Nutrition (Watch Video)
- The Migraine-Nutrition Connection Handout (Spanish Language)
Hydration (Watch Video)
- Hydration for Migraine Handout (Spanish Language)
Movement & Exercise (Watch Video)
- Movement and Migraine Handout (Spanish Language)
- Therapeutic Self-Care and Migraine Handout (Spanish Language)
Self-Awareness (Watch Video)
- Self-Awareness for Migraine Handout (Spanish Language)
- Stress Management for Migraine Handout (Spanish Language)
Connection (Watch Video)
- Connectedness and Migraine Handout (Spanish Language)
Self-Efficacy (Watch Video)
- Building Confidence with Migraine Handout (Spanish Language)
Growth (Watch Video)
- Grow in Your Life with Migraine Handout (Spanish Language)
Provider Best Practices
See below for resources to help you support your patients in making lifestyle changes.
AAN Headache Quality Measurement Set
The recent American Academy of Neurology quality measurement in headache update includes the recommendation to assess and counsel patients regarding lifestyle factors associated with attack frequency and migraine severity. Check out our Lifestyle Changes for Migraine and other patient handouts, designed to help you help your patients better address those potentially modifiable risk factors as part of their comprehensive treatment plan.
To help educate your patients, we also offer our free Knowledge Portal, a library of over 90+ accurate, understandable articles, videos, and audios on headache and migraine, which cover a vast range of need-to-know topics and are medically reviewed by our Co-Medical Directors. Click here to view our Knowledge Portal.
We know there are many demands on your time. To help you share Ctrl M Health resources with your patients, here is sample text you can use to create your own EMR smart (dot) phrase:
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Today we discussed using the Ctrl M Health app as part of our plan to provide you with comprehensive care for migraine. The app can serve as a complement to your treatment plan. The program provides personalized recommendations for you, including integrated, evidenced-based tools for improving your quality of life with migraine. We encourage you to make use of these tools as a regular part of your health routine in between our visits.
The Ctrl M Health app offers a 2-week free trial. After that period, subscription fees apply. To download the app, visit: https://ctrlmhealth.com/app/
You may also wish to explore the free Knowledge Portal, where you will find articles and answers to your frequently asked questions about headache and migraine: ctrlmhealth.com/knowledge/
To explore verified nutritional support for migraine, visit the shop at: shop.ctrlmhealth.com/
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In developing our programs and mobile app, we drew upon over 150 journal articles and references. We have compiled them below for your review.
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