Do home remedies for migraines actually work?
Migraine headaches can be a very serious issue. Finding a headache cure has been an elusive task throughout history, but now modern medicine can determine headache causes in many instances. Migraine headaches are very often TMJ headaches manifesting pain in the cranial area. The pain is actually referred from a problem in the temporo-mandibular jaw joint below the ear.
Here are a few home remedies that can lessen the pain for the short term, but, in the case of TMJ headaches, the ultimate headache cure requires evaluation by a dentistry specialist.
1. Drink plenty of water
Many migraine headaches occur due to dehydration. Consuming the recommended daily amounts of fluids can be important, and water may be the most effective for reducing pain from migraine headaches. It is a simple approach and probably not a true headache cure, but water can dilute the bloodstream and lessen pressure in the circulatory system. Migraine headache sufferers can use this daily routine to lessen bouts with pain, but it probably will not be effective for TMJ headache causes. Sometimes caffeine may help, but not always.
2. Take Vitamin B2
There are individuals who have migraine headaches due to a vitamin deficiency. This can also be an underlying complication with TMJ headaches. Even if a TMJ problem does not totally trigger the pain, a vitamin deficiency can surely compound the issue. Long-term serious migraine headaches may require receiving an injection, but pill form can help if taken on a regular basis. Quick relief will still require waiting for the dose to take effect.
3. Try a compress
Compresses have traditionally been used as a home remedy for migraine pain. The process is simple. Applying either a cold or hot compress to the spot of the pain can be effective. Knowing which one to use can be tricky, but migraine pain is often so great that you may want to try anything within reason. It is important to remember that the migraine is not necessarily associated with a problem at the point of the pain. Referred pain is prevalent in almost all TMJ headache cases.
4. Lay down in a dimly lit room
Light can often be an enhancement factor with a migraine headache, regardless of headache causes. This is probably the most common method of reducing headache pain while still at home. But always remember that migraines headaches, and TMJ headaches in particular, are real medical issues and not just a passing problem.
If you would like to learn more about TMJ and how it can cause migraine-like headaches, please schedule a consultation.