It’s a popular misconception that episodic and chronic migraines are a moms-only problem. Dads get them too. And this Father’s Day, from San Francisco to Dallas, migraines should be at the top of your gift wish list. Well, not the actual migraine condition, but rather things that can help Dad prevent or ease his pain and other migraine symptoms.
Any of these gifts will be sure to put a smile on your dad’s face and a wonderful feeling in your heart:
- Spa gift certificate — once again, deep tissue massages, acupuncture, seaweed wraps and healthy spa meals are no longer reserved for ladies only. Guys need to be soothed and pampered also. Consider booking a cranial sacral therapy session for Dad to ease head and neck tension that might trigger chronic migraine.
- Scent free beauty and bath products — many skin-care and bath product companies offer special lines dedicated exclusively to the needs of men. Be sure to choose the bath gels and skin lotions that are scent free since powerful aromas can trigger a headache or worsen nausea symptoms when a migraine arrives.
- Sleep aid pack — if Dad struggles to get a good night’s sleep, like many other migraine sufferers, eye masks, earplugs and hot/cold packs can make falling asleep and staying asleep easier. Perhaps a CD with soothing new age tunes for the alarm clock/CD player can help your troubled sleeper drift off.
- Tinted glasses — for some migraine sufferers, visual stimuli can trigger an attack. Sunglasses can help protect these people from bright lights other harsh visual triggers. However, an individually prescribed pair of ophthalmic tinted lenses could be more effective for Dad, so do your research and plan the project.
When as many as 6 per cent of men get migraines, according to the Migraine Research Foundation, it’s clearly not just a woman’s problem. If the special Dad in your life suffers with chronic migraine in Dallas, Miami or Portland, this Father’s Day is your chance to show him how much he is loved, appreciated and understood when it comes to his chronic pain condition.