Common Headache Triggers
Whether youre a frequent sufferer or not, do you know what might trigger your headaches? If youre a migraine sufferer you might have some idea, but most people really dont know at all. They just reach for the medicine cabinet whenever one strikes instead of trying to avoid it in the first place!
Common headache triggers include:
Stress Hectic lives and daily work and family pressures often result in tension and migraine headaches. Try to take a break once a day just for you to relax and unwind, stress-free!
Sleep Either too much or too little can trigger headaches in some people. Try to keep a regular schedule of going to bed and getting up at the same time every day even on your days off!
Diet Most migraine sufferers know that certain foods, such as red wine, chocolate, MSG, aged cheese, caffeine and processed foods can bring on a headache. Keep in mind that not eating can also cause headaches especially in women!
Smells Strong odors, such as nail polish, smoke, paint, perfume, and cleaning products, can cause headaches in certain people. If you can identify the odors that trigger your headaches you may be able to avoid some of those offenders.
Eye strain If you stare at a computer monitor all day or you squint constantly because you need glasses, you might experience frequent headaches. Take a break from staring at the computer screen every 20 minutes or so and be sure to have your eyes checked!
Poor posture If you walk around with hunched shoulders or hold a phone between your shoulder and chin or sit in a chair all day without proper back support you might get frequent tension headaches.
Try keeping a headache diary that answers these types of questions:
What did I eat or drink right before getting the headache?
Did I sleep too little/too much last night?
Am I under a lot of stress in my job?
Am I staring at a computer monitor for too long without taking a break?
Chiropractic care has shown impressive results in helping patients who have frequent headaches. Please let us know if youre having this problem so that we can offer you the help you might need!