Migraines can hit any time, even on the most unexpected occasions. Migraine sufferers have to deal with the debilitating symptoms that come out of the blue such as extreme headache, sensory sensitivity, nausea, and many other symptoms. Severe episodes of this neurological condition may require a visit to a doctor, or you can try a migraine chiropractor in Bullard, TX.
If you happen to be one of the 39 million Americans who suffer from migraines, we’re about to share four effective tactics to reduce the frequency and severity of your migraine attacks. The last in the list has been bringing hope to many headache and migraine sufferers around the world.
1. Keep a Migraine Diary and Avoid Your Triggers
This is the number one recommendation of doctors for people living with migraines. Keeping a migraine diary or journal is a preventive measure as it tracks your activities during the hours or days preceding an attack. This allows you to recognize your personal triggers.
Some triggers are inevitable such as weather conditions, but some are avoidable. Steer clear from these triggers to limit the frequency of your migraines. The following are some migraine triggers that you can avoid with a little diligence:
Skipping a meal
We advise that you eat three full meals per day. If you can’t, you can have several smaller meals throughout the day.
Even mild dehydration can bring on a migraine attack, so be sure to drink at least eight glasses of water every day. If you live in a hot climate, exercise often, or work hard, drink more water!
Set a regular sleep schedule and stick to it to have restful sleep every night.
Having too much or too little caffeine
Withdrawal from caffeine can lead to migraines, so make sure you still drink a cup of coffee in the morning if that is your normal routine. However, avoid drinking too much as it may bring on a migraine. Patients with episodic migraines should limit their caffeine intake to one or two cups daily (200mg caffeine).
Certain foods or food additives
Although food triggers are quite uncommon, it is still best to avoid foods and additives that you suspect can bring on your migraines. Stay away from foods you are allergic or sensitive to.
Failure to manage stress
This is one of the most common migraine triggers. Stress is a fact of life, so learn to cope with it to stay migraine-free.
2. Consider Meditation, Stretching, and Exercises
All of these can reduce body pain and help control stress. Many studies have proven the benefits of daily exercise. Pilates is one great example of a workout that incorporates stretching and is very beneficial to strengthen the body and release stress. Meditation can also help you stay positive and sleep better. As we have mentioned, a lack of sleep can trigger migraine attacks.
3. Use Essential Oils
While studies have yet to prove the benefits of essential oils for migraines, many people claim their positive results. Peppermint and lavender oils are said to help with migraines. These are their potential benefits:
Peppermint oil has menthol, a substance common in topical pain relievers, cough drops, and many other products. A 2010 study said applying a menthol solution to the temples can ease pain, sensitivity to light, and nausea.
Lavender oil can be inhaled (by using a diffuser in your room) or applied to the temples in a diluted solution. In a 2012 study, researchers revealed that patients who inhaled lavender oil during a migraine recovered from the episode 15 minutes faster than those who did not. Using a diffuser can help keep the scent in the air permanently. Lavender oil may have a relaxing effect, thereby helping to alleviate migraines caused by stress.
4. Try Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
Upper cervical chiropractic is a niche in the chiropractic profession, and it is a different approach from the general chiropractic. Here are some reasons why upper cervical chiropractic is a good choice for migraine care.
It targets only the C1 and C2 vertebrae at the base of the skull.
It uses low force to correct misalignments of the C1 or C2 vertebrae. No popping or cracking of the spine is involved.
To pinpoint the exact angle of misalignments, upper cervical chiropractors use diagnostic imaging.
Adjustments are meant to hold for as long as possible, resulting patient appointments further and further apart, and ultimately saving the patient time and money.
It is a family-oriented form of care that can help people of all ages – children, the elderly, and everyone in between.
Appointments are less often, making it a cost-effective method to manage health problems.
How Migraines Relate to the Upper Cervical Spine
Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Drainage
When a misalignment limits CSF drainage, it can result in intracranial pressure. It can cause migraines.
The atlas (C1) houses the brainstem. Misalignment can put undue pressure on the brainstem and impact its proper function. Migraines are often connected to the brainstem.
The cervical spine houses arteries that maintain blood flow to the brain. Any misalignment that hinders this flow can result in migraines.
If you are experiencing chronic migraines, particularly if you have had a neck or head injury in the past, it’s best to seek out upper cervical chiropractic care. To begin your journey to long-lasting migraine relief, schedule a consultation with us here at Star of Texas Chiropractic Clinic in Bullard, Texas. You could be a few adjustments away from having fewer and less severe migraines. Many of our patients have even experienced complete remission of their migraines.