Reducing Your Risk of Headache
The different types of headache call for different prevention measures. You can reduce the frequency of most types of headaches by making lifestyle changes. Specific recommendations are suggested to limit the number or intensity of each type of headache.
Tension HeadacheExercise RegularlyExercise can help control stress.Improve Your PosturePoor posture contributes to tension headaches. Do not slouch. Hold the phone, rather than cradling it on your shoulder, or use a headset. Consider seeing a physical or occupational therapist for posture tips more specific to your individual situation.Learn Stress Management TechniquesStress can contribute to a headache. A mental health professional can work with you to develop stress management skills and learn relaxation techniques. The counselor may be able to help you identify events that trigger the headaches and work toward resolution.Get Plenty of SleepMaintaining regular sleep routines will help you fall asleep. Sleep helps decrease tension and irritability.Take Breaks From TasksRegular breaks help prevent your muscles from tightening up and can decrease stress.
Migraine HeadacheKeep a Diary to Help Identify Your Migraine PatternIdentifying what triggers migraines and what relieves them will help your doctor and you develop a plan to manage your migraines.Learn Stress Management and Relaxation TechniquesStress can contribute to a headache. A mental health professional can work with you to develop stress management skills and learn relaxation techniques.Exercise RegularlyExercise helps control stress. Regular exercise can decrease the number and intensity of migraine headaches.Avoid Foods That Trigger Migraines Some foods bring on migraines. Avoid foods that trigger your migraine headaches. These may include:
- Any foods containing MSG (monosodium glutamate), tyramine, or nitrates
- Alcohol, especially red wine
Cluster HeadacheDo Not Drink Alcoholic BeveragesEven a small amount of alcohol can trigger a headache.Learn Stress Management TechniquesStress can contribute to a headache. A mental health professional can work with you to develop stress management skills and learn relaxation techniques.Do Not SmokeTobacco use has been associated with cluster headaches.
Sinus HeadacheAvoid Exposure to Anything that Triggers Allergy or Sinus Symptoms Allergic reactions increase the amount of secretions in and swelling of the nasal passages, which can lead to sinusitis. Seek Medical Treatment for Allergies or a Persistent ColdMedical management of allergies and upper respiratory infections helps prevent sinusitis. If you are prone to sinus problems, ask your doctor about using a decongestant before air travel. A decongestant will help keep nasal passages open.Wash Your Hands Frequently to Avoid Colds Hand washing helps prevent colds and other infections passed from the hand to the nose, mouth, or eyes. Colds increase the amount of secretions in and swelling of the nasal passages, which can lead to sinusitis. Avoid Alcoholic DrinksAlcohol can cause swelling of nasal and sinus tissues.
More from Beliefnet
Improving parent-adolescent sexual communication has been noted as one factor that could help to encourage adolescents to practice safer sex behavior. This study found that sexual communication with parents plays a small protective role in safer sex behavior among adolescents.
Celiac Disease May Increase the Risk of Bone Fractures
Music May Improve Sleep Quality in Adults with Insomnia
CPAP May Help Older Adults with Obstructive Sleep Apnea