9 Shocking Facts About Migraines

Fact 9 – Triggers Vary from Person to Person

The things that can set off an episode for someone who suffers from migraines varies wildly from person to person. Here is a small selection of triggers that may bring on an attack:

  • Missing a meal
  • Not getting enough sleep
  • Stress
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Bright lights
  • Weather changes
  • Medications

While some claim to have food triggers, there is little scientific evidence to back this up. Some of the most blamed culprits are red wine, chocolate, MSG, caffeine, and foods that contain nitrates. Something to consider, however, is that food cravings can precede a migraine. This may give a person the mistaken idea that the food triggered the migraine whereas, in reality, the craving was an indication that the migraine was already on its way. However, if you have any food sensitivities, it is a good idea just to avoid those foods anyway.

Finding Natural Relief from Migraines

If you are tired of over-the-counter or prescription pain medications that may just make matters worse, you are not alone. That’s why we have seen many people turning to upper cervical chiropractic care. Gentle adjustments of the C1 (atlas) can help to correct a misalignment that could be at the root of chronic migraines.

Even a slight misalignment of the atlas can affect brainstem function, cerebrospinal fluid drainage, and blood flow to the brain. Migraines can be the result. Any head or neck trauma could have resulted in such a misalignment, so if you have ever suffered a whiplash injury or concussion, this may be the right option for you.

To learn more about what is involved in upper cervical chiropractic, schedule a consultation with a practitioner near you.

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