10. Visit a chiropractor
If your migraines are primarily triggered by stress or muscle tension in the neck and head, consider chiropractic treatment. A study of 127 people with migraines found 22 per cent had almost no migraines after two months of seeing a chiropractor. Another 50 per cent said their headaches were much less severe.
11. Practice relaxation therapy
One of the most effective relaxation therapies is biofeedback, in which you control your body’s functions, like heart rate or temperature. It’s usually done in conjunction with guided imagery (concentrating on peaceful mental images). You’ll need to see a professional to learn biofeedback, but then you can use the technique on your own.
12. Try cognitive-behavioural therapy
See a psychologist for cognitive-behavioral therapy. This short-term form of therapy helps you change negative thought patterns that may be causing you stress and, in turn, migraines. It also teaches you how to alter your typical reactions to stressful or negative situations and reduce the effect the pain has on your life. Studies find this therapy works best in conjunction with medication-a true integrative approach.