Chronic headaches are painful and can be debilitating. The best way to deal with them is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Here are seven tips to help prevent the next headache from happening.
1. Keep your spine in good condition. If you have problems with your structural alignment, poor biomechanics or irritation in your spinal nerves, you are going to feel it. Regular spinal checkups will keep a headache from happening in the first place.
2. Don’t treat the condition with painkillers. If you have recurring headaches, you may have fallen into the trap of using painkillers as a treatment. Painkillers only treat the symptoms, not the underlying cause. It is important to find out the underlying cause and treat that, instead of masking the pain with an analgesic. Occasional use of a painkiller for a headache is appropriate, if you are working to address the underlying cause.
3. Practice good posture. When you slouch or fail to practice good posture, you put unnecessary stress on the spine. This, in turn, can trigger a headache. Keeping your head and spine properly aligned helps prevent injury and irritation to spinal tissues. This prevents a headache from forming.
4. Manage your stress. When you get stressed, your body will react. An occasional stressful moment is not going to overwork the body. High levels of recurring stress will overwork it. And that is when you get headaches. Learning techniques for managing and minimizing stress will help prevent a headache.
5. Get regular exercise. Your body was not meant to be sedentary. When you don’t get enough exercise, your body will show it. Getting regular exercise at least three times a week will keep your mind and body healthy and happy.
6. Eat good food. Your body needs nutritious foods to function properly. Eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of fresh foods and plenty of water will help your body remain in balance and will reduce the chances of having a headache.
7. Avoid trigger foods. Certain foods trigger headaches in some people. If you can figure out what foods might be triggers, avoiding them will help prevent the headache. Some foods which might be triggers include MSG, nuts, alcohol, chocolate, and things containing nitrates.
If you have recurring or chronic headaches, talk with a professional to find out what is happening, then use these tips to make changes to prevent them.