For individuals who have migraines, they would know how uncomfortable and unpleasant one can be. However, as a caregiver, it may be challenging for you to understand the needs of your loved one with migraines. Without personally undergoing the struggle of migraines, it may be difficult for you to understand what exactly your loved one needs to alleviate the pains caused by migraines. Here are our top tips for migraine treatments if you have a loved one who suffers from this medical problem.
Resting In A Quiet Room
Individuals suffering from migraines are often more sensitive to bright lights or loud sounds. Hence, exposure to these can result in migraines worsening. Hence, if you witness your loved one having a migraine, bring them to a place in your house where there is the least amount of light and sound. Their condition should improve within 20-30 minutes of doing so.
Using A Warm/Cold Compress
You can place either a warm or cold compress across your loved one’s forehead or at the back of their necks if they show signs of discomfort due to migraines. Sometimes, if your loved one feels a migraine coming on, this can be effective in curbing the onset of a migraine. The cold compress can have a numbing effect and this numbness distracts your loved ones’ brains from the pain of the migraine. Also, the cold can reduce the blood flow to the brain which provides individuals with relief. For loved ones who are extra sensitive to the cold, a warm compress can work fine too!
Drinking More Water
Hydration is usually the answer to most problems, including migraines. Dehydration can cause migraines hence drinking water can prevent migraines from occurring in the first place. For loved ones who constantly get migraines, reminding them to hydrate at regular intervals throughout the day can be beneficial. Just get them a bigger water bottle and set reminders on their phone to drink up every hour!
A Simple Massage
As a caregiver, you can also give your loved one a massage whenever they’re undergoing a migraine attack. Massages are beneficial in allowing muscles to relax. In the case of migraines, whereby individuals’ heads feel extremely tense, these massages can be beneficial. However, ensure that you do not press too hard as this may cause more discomfort than relief. Individuals with migraines may feel very sensitive to touch which is why a massage may not always help everyone struggling with this ailment. Always speak to your loved ones and ask them whether the treatment you’re providing is working well.
If any of the above tips are not working, it may be time for you to speak to a trusted medical professional regarding your loved ones’ migraines. If you need additional help caring for your loved one, look no further! At TerraBella Summit, we believe in the holistic wellness of our retirees and plan programs to ensure that both their physical and mental well-being is cared for. If your loved ones struggle with many ailments, our team is more than ready to provide assisted living services that can cater to their personal needs. Contact us today to find out more!