After having just celebrated Veterans Day (November 11th) and as a tribute to our military, Waters Choice dedicates this blog post to all serving, whether past or present.
Our military veterans face health challenges unique to their experiences, including migraine and headache disorders that stem from brain injury and other trauma experienced during combat. Interestingly enough, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, about 36% of U.S. veterans who served a one-year deployment to Iraq were diagnosed with migraine or showed signs of migraine.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, preventative treatments can help with migraine and headaches. Lifestyle changes such as a regular balanced diet, a consistent sleeping pattern and avoiding potential triggers have proven effective. Stress management can be extremely helpful as stress is known to frequently trigger headache or migraine pain. More about that later, read on.
Changing temperatures trigger headaches, whether from a warm summer, easing into chilly autumn or cold winter temperatures climbing again, into mild spring Even though these are subtle changes they can easily trigger migraines.
Spring brings frequent shifts between sun and showers, meaning the barometric pressure is changing. Spring is also a problem time for people with allergies. These allergies can cause sneezing, runny nose, teary eyes and inflammation in a person's sinuses.
For most, the summer season is warm and humid (or dry if you live in Idaho!). People tend to perspire more which can lead to dehydration. People sensitive to this need to stay hydrated. There's more sunlight and longer days, which can change people's sleep patterns, a possible trigger for migraines. Some may even experience a "stress let down headache" when they get off work or relax at the start of a vacation.
Fall brings cooler temperatures meaning more fluctuations in humidity and barometric pressure changes; another migraine trigger. But one aspect of the fall season is that the days get shorter, which can change your sleep schedule again. Inconsistent sleep cycles also trigger migraines. Doctors suggest tracking sleep cycles to make sure you're getting enough rest.
Cold temperatures, dry air and snowstorms mark the emergence of winter. Dry air and cold weather can also lead to dehydration. Snowstorms that hit during winter are also connected to barometric pressure, triggering migraines.
Preventing A Migraine
According to the American Migraine Association, while many people find treatments that help relieve symptoms, once a migraine attack is underway, the best-case scenario is always preventing an attack from happening in the first place.
Frequent migraines or headaches can be caused by many issues, including STRESS and difficulty sleeping. According the Mayo Clinic, stress is the most commonly reported trigger for tension headaches.
While modern treatments including anti-inflammatories and pain relievers can be helpful they don't remove the cause. So, lifestyle changes must happen. They include removing muscular tension, improving sleep and moving toward a more active lifestyle. THIS is where a hot tub or spa can come in handy.
Studies show that daily soaks in a spa help reduce the frequency of headaches and tension. Even though they may not directly provide pain relief for headaches, they will help reduce the causes of certain tension headaches.
Actually, Waters Choice has a variety of helpful aromatherapy spa salts but two in particular come to mind when talking about migraine or severe headache. One spa salt is called Wellness, it's a blend of peppermint, Eucalyptus, and rosemary.
Another suggestion to relieve stress would be our aromatherapy spa salt called Refresh. This spa salt has a clean refreshing scent to relax your mind and renew your senses.
Routine Hot Tub Use
Warm water relaxes muscles, creating a sense of relief. Built in massage jets combined with water's warmth tends to soothe and release tight muscles. Hot tub water enables a buoyant effect, taking away body weight, especially off of joints, which give your body a chance to unwind from it's constant struggle with gravity.
Additionally, your hot tub or spa can help you distance yourself from phones and computers which are conduits for the weight and responsibility of your working life and personal obligations. Being able to relax, away from tension and demands gives your mind a chance to slow down, enjoy the moment and recharge. Picture this, gentle fountains or waterfalls, calm lighting and the ability to play your favorite relaxing music are an additional benefit if your spa is equipped.
Now, while you're working on relieving tension and migraine triggers, keep in mind that Waters Choice Pure Enzyme treatment for Pool, SWIM Spa and Hot Tubs are a natural, chemical-free way of cleaning your water. Don't work hard at a healthier lifestyle and then sit in a spa with toxic, traditional chemicals! Our enzyme treatment makes your water maintenance SIMPLE.
One more thing, adding enzymes to your water is like taking vitamins to boost your immune system. With enzymes in the water, a healthy living environment is established allowing you to use less chemicals. Many of the chemicals you'll typically use in pools and spas are harsh and cause our skin and hair to dry out, our eyes to burn, and give off strong odors. When you add enzymes, eliminate some chemicals, and cut back on others, these problems go away, and many positive things happen including better health for you and your family.
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