South Toledo PT: Neck Pain and Headaches

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1. Regular exercise. Migraine patients are at a slightly increased risk of stroke, and lack of exercise is a risk factor for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease. Vigorous, regular exercise can help reduce these risks. 2. Adequate sleep. Getting enough sleep on a regular basis is part of proper migraine maintenance that should be practiced to keep your headaches to a minimum. Sleep also includes darkness. Light, especially bright light, can cause an increase in migraine headache symptoms and can prolong a headache. 3. Balanced diet. Eating regular meals, avoiding foods that trigger headaches, and staying hydrated will also help reduce the pain and frequency of your headaches. If you suffer frommigraines on a regular basis, consider making one small switch to your

diet: more nuts. Nuts can work as both a pain reliever and a preventative method to stave off future onsets. Many varieties of nuts contain an important “ingredient” called salicin. Salicin is a pain blocking agent that’s present in many of today’s medications. Though you may want to reach for an over the counter pain reliever when migraines strike, choose nuts—they offer the same important ingredients. 4. Work on improving your posture. Keep your shoulders back, and have your head in a neutral position at all times. Always avoid standing or sitting in a hunched over position. This technique will help prevent headaches most frequently in a work environment.

Inside: • Relieving Neck Pain and Headaches • Head and Neck Pain: The Connection

• FREE Pain Analysis • Exercise Essentials • Patient Success Spotlight

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