This week, our blog is written by a guest author, Dr. Brent Wells, who is a Chiropractor, practicing in Anchorage, AK.
Stress affects everyone but how it does differs. For many people, stress can result in irritability while in others it can cause insomnia. Stress can also play a big role in the development of migraines and headaches. This article will explore the interesting connection between stress and migraines or headaches and a few ways you can reduce it.
Can Stress Cause Migraines or Headaches?
Stress can be a huge factor in the formation of migraines and headaches. When you become stressed, it causes your muscles to become tense. For some people, this tension might especially be located in their neck, shoulders, and jaw. Because of this, it can irritate the nerves in these areas. These nerves will then send distress signals to your brain. This can result in painful headaches and could even lead to migraines.
Common Stress and Migraine/Headache Symptoms
There are a variety of symptoms these problems can cause.
7 Ways to Reduce Stress
To practice deep breathing first find a quiet place. Find a comfortable area to sit in and then close your eyes. Take a deep breath through your nose, hold, and then slowly exhale through your nose. You can place your hand on your stomach to help your mind focus on the exercise. Repeat this process a few more times.
Chiropractic adjustments will recalculate your nervous system, the part that manages your stress levels. By ensuring it’s in place, the adjustments will prevent this crucial system from sending out unnecessary pain signals. These adjustments will also reduce tension which is a common trigger for migraines and headaches.
In addition to this, chiropractic care will work to release healing hormones like endorphins and dopamine. These not only reduce stress, but can make you feel more positive and energetic.
Some of the best food to add to your diet to reduce stress are:
You might also want to consider drinking tea. Studies have shown that drinking tea can reduce cortisol, a stress hormone. Some of the best to consume for stress are peppermint, chamomile, green, holy basil, and turmeric.
It’s crucial that you try to sleep for at least seven hours each night. If you have trouble falling asleep, you can rub some magnesium lotion on your body or eat food high in melatonin, like cherries, pistachios, sunflower seeds, and grapes.
You’ll also discover that yoga will increase your blood circulation. This will provide oxygen and nutrients to your brain which can calm it and flush out toxins that could trigger a migraine or headache. Because stress can constrict your coronary vessels, yoga will open them back up to encourage better blood flow.
Some of the best yoga poses to practice to reduce stress are:
Stress can trigger migraines and headaches. However, by keeping the tips above in mind, you can learn how to reduce stress to prevent these painful problems from happening.
About Dr. Brent Wells: Dr. Brent Wells is a licensed chiropractor who founded Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab Anchorage in 1998. He is currently leading 10,000 Alaskans to more active and pain-free lifestyles without drugs or invasive surgeries. He brings a progressive and highly innovative approach to chiropractic care, physical rehab therapy and chiropractic massage.