80% of Americans suffer from common tension-headaches from time to time. They are painful, but often fade in a few hours.1
12% of Americans suffer from migraines!2 This debilitating condition causes severe pain and other symptoms, like nausea and auras.
This adds up to a lot of people, including Veterans, who live their lives in pain! In fact, migraines are the third Most Prevalent Primary Service-Connected Disabilities for Women Veterans, affecting over 24,000 female Vets.3
OTC (over-the-counter) medication is a common solution for headache and migraine pain, but it doesn’t work for everyone. If you’re looking for alternative options to offer your Veterans, try one of these four pain relief options:
Exercise is one possible solution for Veterans who experience headaches. One study looked at the effects of three different training programs on headache pain. The study found that headache pain was reduced by 69% in the strength training group, 58% in the endurance group, and 37% in the control group compared to the baseline.4
If you’re looking for an easy way to integrate exercise into your life, try using TheraBand CLX Resistance Bands. The looped bands are a great choice for strength and endurance training without worrying about having to use bulky gym equipment. This makes them great for use at work or at home.
Certain foods have been linked to the presence of migraines by the American Nutrition Association. Avoid these foods to reduce your risk of migraine, including:
Poor posture can be one factor in chronic migraines according to the American Posture Institute.6 Making small changes can improve Veterans’ posture while sitting.
Place an object within view of your desk. Use it as a visual cue to improve your posture. Every time you look at the object, correct your posture.
You should also take breaks throughout the day to stretch. A lumbar cushion gives your back support and can help you maintain proper posture while sitting.
4. Hot and Cold Packs
Hot and cold therapy can also help relieve Veterans’ headache and migraine pain. The National Headache Foundation recommends applying a cold pack to your forehead and temples for migraine relief.7 For tension-headaches, they recommend using a hot pack on your neck and the back of your head.7
The reusable TheraPearl Hot and Cold packs are a great choice to offer Vets because they can use them for hot or cold therapy. Just heat the pack in the microwave or cool in the freezer for soothing pain relief.
Learn more about migraines!
Are you interested in learning about migraine symptoms, stages, types, and more? Check out this article to find out all about migraines!
- Lava, N. (2018). Tension Headaches. Retrieved from https://wb.md/2LnRdIa
- Migraine Research Foundation. (n.d.). Migraine Facts. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/2ayQPTJ
- Department of Veterans Affairs. (2017). Women Veterans Report. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/2n353zu
- Ylinen, J. et al. (2010). Effect of Neck Exercises on Cervicogenic Headache: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/2GgiIzv
- American Nutrition Association. (n.d.). The Role of Nutrition in Migraine Headaches. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/2SkueyI
- American Posture Institute. (2015). Chronic Migraines: Your Headaches are Being Caused by Your Posture. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/2Tt4joi
- National Headache Foundation. (n.d.). Hot and Cold Packs/Showers. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/32uSTFi
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