6 Tips For Reducing the Frequency of Your Headaches

1. Exercise on a regular basis

You probably know you should be hitting the gym for your overall health, but did you know it can also help with headache relief? We recommend getting regular aerobic exercise to reduce stress and improve your mental well-being. If you're not used to exercising, start with gentle activities, such as walking or bike riding. Upgrade to swimming, jogging or weight-lifting when you feel more comfortable. We can also provide other at-home exercises to give you a full-body workout.

2. Eat healthier

Believe it or not, your diet plays a big role in the frequency of your headache pain. Try to eat healthier foods, including plenty of fruits and vegetables, at regular intervals during the day. In particular, avoid foods with caffeine, as they can be a headache trigger for many people. If you need help, we offer nutritional counseling to get you on track.

3. Relieve your stress

Stress plays a big role in making headaches worse. When you're stressed, your muscles tighten up, and blood vessels dilate, worsening headache symptoms. Therefore, you should do everything you can to alleviate your stress. Try your hand at meditating to clear your thoughts or doing yoga to stretch out your body. Limit negativity in your life and try to stay ahead of tasks so they don't overwhelm you. Our doctors can provide other relaxation techniques to help you find your Zen.

4. Get chiropractic adjustments

Many headaches are caused by a misalignment in the area where your spine connects to the back of your skull. This can put pressure on the 75 trillion nerves that run through this area. Chiropractic adjustments are a great way to correct this. In particular, our doctors can adjust your vertebrae to relieve compression and bring you instant headache relief.

5. Try acupuncture

If your headaches are relentless, acupuncture might be a good way to help. This is when we insert long needles underneath your skin to hit certain trigger points. The pressure helps the trigger points relax, easing the muscle tension that's causing your head pain. Learn more about our acupuncture services to see if they're right for you.

6. Utilize cold laser treatments

For something a little more advanced, try our cold laser therapy. This procedure uses different wavelengths of light to stimulate healing by improving blood flow. This is a particularly good choice if your headaches are being caused by a neck strain or other head injury. Over time, cold laser therapy can reduce both the intensity and frequency of your chronic headaches.

Of course, there's plenty more we can do to help you lower the frequency of your headaches. To find out more, schedule your appointment with Dr. Jochen online today.

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