Migraines are a neurological disorder that is known for causing extreme head pain, nausea and vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Anyone, at any time, can experience a migraine headache, even children. By age 15, 5% of people have already had a migraine, and that number continues to increase with age. This means that 38 million of those living in America have migraines.
One very frustrating thing about migraines is that no one is sure of the exact cause. However, external factors seem to play an important role. By avoiding some of these common triggers, a person may see his migraines decrease in severity and frequency. What are these?
- Caffeine: Too much or too little caffeine can be a problem because the blood vessels absorb caffeine making a person sensitive to the amount they consume.
- Stress: When a person undergoes stress, the body releases certain chemicals that lead to a vascular change in the brain, creating the right environment for a migraine to occur.
- Food Allergies: Certain preservatives or chemicals added to food can cause a migraine. Things such as pepperoni, hot dogs, alcohol, lunch meat, MSG, and aged cheeses cause a problem for up to 30% of sufferers.
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Where to Find Migraine Relief
It is important to address the root cause of migraines in order to avoid future attacks. A connection has been noted between a misalignment in the upper neck vertebrae and migraines. This is due to the fact that a misalignment here may put pressure on the brainstem. This may also lead to a change in cerebrospinal fluid and blood flow to and from the brain.
By using a gentle technique called NUCCA, patients at Providence Chiropractic are helped to regain a healthy spine. Once the misalignment is corrected, the body can begin to function at its optimum once again. A number of our patients report that their migraines have improved greatly or gone away completely after only a few adjustments.