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Why Do We Need Sleep, Anyway?

In some ways, sleep seems like a drawback rather than a benefit, from an evolutionary perspective at least. After all, spending a third of your life in a situation where your defenses are completely lowered and you’re vulnerable to attack doesn’t seem like the best survival mechanism. But, of course, without sleep, we’ll have a…

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Naturopathic Solutions For PMS | Mindful Healing | Mississauge Naturopathic Doctor

Naturopathic Solutions For PMS

As a Naturopathic Doctor, I get many questions from my clients about PMS and its symptoms. Are there naturopathic solutions for PMS available? What can be done, naturally, to relieve it? Many of us suffer, but the good news is that there are steps that can be taken without resorting to medication. To help you…

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Pregnancy & Conception For Women Over 40

It’s more and more common these days for women to be starting or growing their family well into their forties. While women’s reproductive health has improved significantly in the last couple of decades, many can nevertheless experience challenges conceiving as they grow older. Science can assist with some of these, and many women opt to…

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Health Benefits Of Spicy Foods | Mindful Healing | Mississauge Naturopathic Doctor

Health Benefits of Spicy Foods

Mild, medium, hot, or on fire – how do you take your food? Those who opt for the spicier options may be onto something when it comes to their health. Some proponents of naturopathic medicine say that eating spicy foods has health benefits that many people don’t realize. So what makes food taste spicy? Why…

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Health Risks From Eating Spicy Foods | Mindful Healing | Mississauge Naturopathic Doctor

Health Risks From Eating Spicy Food

Spicy food, depending on your tolerance, may be something you gravitate towards or avoid completely. There may be certain health risks from eating spicy food that give reason to take caution. When it comes to dietary advice on how to approach spicy food, each person is different and your individual needs may vary. However, there…

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Naturopathic Support For Broken Bones

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How To Prevent Tension Headaches | Mindful Healing | Mississauge Naturopathic Doctor

How To Prevent Tension Headaches

How To Prevent Tension Headaches | Mindful Healing | Mississauge Naturopathic Doctor

Headaches are a common health problem, and in most cases it is easier to prevent a headache than treat one.

You may not be able to prevent every headache but avoiding your headache triggers can help reduce the amount of headaches you experience.

At the Mindful Healing Clinic, we can help you learn how to prevent headaches, including tension headaches.

What are some steps you can take to prevent tension headaches?

Keep reading to find out more.

Headache Triggers You Can’t Control

Some headache triggers — such as hydration and sleep — are, for the most part, under your control.

But there are other triggers which are not under your control, making them much more difficult to prevent.

Hormonal fluctuations during menstruation, menopause, and ovulation are an example of these triggers.

Among migraine sufferers, women are three times more likely to experience a migraine than men, and 75% of those experience migraines around their menstrual period.

The weather and its fluctuations are another trigger which can’t be controlled.

Common weather-related triggers include:

● Excessive heat
● Changes in barometric pressure
● Storms
● High humidity and heat, which can lead to dehydration

Lastly, strong smells can be a headache trigger, and they can be difficult to control.

Preventing Tension Headaches

Controlling the headache triggers which are manageable can help to prevent tension headaches.

A few common triggers which are under your control include:

● Dehydration
● Alcohol
● Smoking
● Not eating frequently enough
● Changes in caffeine consumption

In addition to avoiding these triggers, there are additional steps that you can take to help prevent tension headaches.

Tension Headaches and how to prevent them | Mindful Healing | Mississauge Naturopathic Doctor

1. Get An Ergonomic Desk

If you work a desk job, adjustments to your workspace can help prevent tension headaches.

An ergonomic seating device can help support the upper and lower back, and help maintain proper posture.

A stand-up desk can also prevent “poking chin” posture, which compresses the cervical spine and irritates surrounding structures, contributing to headaches.

Staring at your computer screen too long can cause headaches, so take breaks to rest your eyes.

In addition, reduce excessively bright lighting and minimize glare.

Replace your old CRT monitor with an LCD monitor, which is easier on the eyes because they have an anti-reflective surface.

2. Reduce Stress

Stress is something we all experience, but persistent stress can cause headaches.

Stress is your reaction to change, and it comes from your response to stressful events.

Common causes of stress include:

● Finances
● Personal loss
● Confrontations
● Deadlines
● Job loss or a new job
● Traffic

Exercise, yoga, and practicing breathing techniques can help manage stress and keep tension headaches at bay.

3. Eliminate Gluten From Your Diet

If you have a gluten sensitivity, eating foods containing gluten can trigger a headache or migraine.

In a recent study, migraine sufferers were found to be 10 times more likely to have celiac disease than those without.

If you have a gluten sensitivity but not celiac disease, reducing daily intake of gluten may help manage headache symptoms.

You can try eliminating gluten for several weeks, and then slowly reintroduce gluten to find how much gluten you can eat without triggering your symptoms.

Other elimination diets can also aid in finding headache or migraine triggers.

It’s a good idea to consult with a naturopathic doctor before beginning any elimination diet.

4. Improve Your Sleeping Habits

Both too much and too little sleep can be headache triggers.

In some cases, altering sleep or wake times can also trigger headaches.

This is because sleep, mood, and headaches are controlled by common regions in your brain, and they use similar chemical brain messengers.

Sleep-related headaches often occur at the same time of day, most often in the morning.

You can help improve your sleep habits by going to bed and waking up at the same time daily, getting 7-8 hours of sleep, avoiding caffeine, and doing relaxing activities or meditating at bedtime.

5. Improve Your Posture

Poor posture can be a trigger for headaches, putting pressure on your neck and back and causing body tension.

This is because the top bone of your spine, your atlas, can misalign, which causes spinal cord tension and distortion in signals to the brain, potentially leading to tension headache symptoms.

Correct your posture when sitting at your desk, keeping your feet flat on the floor and your monitor at eye level.

In addition, if you have a desk job, taking a break to stretch or walk every 30-60 minutes can help relieve pressure.

Contact The Mindful Healing Clinic

In addition to these preventative measures, naturopathic treatments are available for tension headaches, depending on the specifications of your individual disorder.

If you have been diagnosed with tension headaches or suspect that you have been experiencing them, contact me, Dr. Maria Cavallazzi, at the Mindful Healing Clinic.

During your initial appointment, you and I will sit down and talk about your tension headaches and any other health concerns you may have.

From there, we’ll create a treatment plan based on your unique health needs.

Contact the Mindful Healing Clinic to book your FREE 15-minute introductory session today!