How to Prevent Migraines NaturallyPrevention Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
(NaturalNews) Although many medications and strategies are touted for their ability to relieve migraines, few scientifically validated solutions are widely known for naturally preventing their occurrence. Research in a group of Nebraska employees suggests a multicomponent intervention based on trigger avoidance and lifestyle changes may help reduce the frequency and severity of migraines considerably. Participants completed the Migraine Disability Assessment questionnaire and received personalized coaching, with follow-up questionnaires over a 12-month period. By the end of the study, participants reported a 76 percent reduction in migraine frequency, a 31 percent reduction in severity, and a 66 percent reduction in perceived disability.
Although the study involved the use of some preventative prescription medications, natural preventative supplements – such as magnesium capsules – have been shown to be effective at reducing the frequency of migraines. The study used a convenience sample instead of a randomized control trial design, but provides a helpful analysis of potential systematic treatment to reduce the impact of migraines on personal productivity and quality of life.
Tips for avoiding migraines naturally
With summer in full swing, many individuals are plagued by heat and sunlight-induced headaches. By knowing individual triggers, many people can adopt natural prevention methods to reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. Consider following a similar multi-component intervention to prevent migraines naturally, and begin with a baseline measure of migraine severity using the Migraine Disability Assessment (http://uhs.berkeley.edu/home/healthtopics/pdf/assessment.pdf). After implementing the steps below, repeat the assessment at three-month intervals to track progress and improvement or to discuss continuing problems at a visit with a health professional.
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