One of the most common migraine triggers is changes in weather. According to one study, weather-related triggers affect 39% of migraineurs. Why do hurricanes and tropical storms contribute to an increase in migraine occurrence? Is there a drug-free way to fight migraines? Let’s consider this prevalent issue.
Why Weather Changes Result in More Migraines
Migraine patients report all sorts of weather changes leading to migraines. Here are a few examples of weather-related migraine triggers:
- Nearby lightning strikes
- Barometric pressure changes
- Humidity changes
- Temperature changes
- Windy days
This explains why hurricanes and tropical storms leave more than just property damage in their wake. The sudden drop in barometric pressure combined with high winds and lightning strikes seems to be the perfect storm for triggering migraines. However, the storms alone are not the cause of migraines. They merely trigger migraines in those with a predisposition.
Drug-Free Migraine Relief
For many, the only natural migraine help they’ve ever received for this condition is the suggestion to maintain a diary of triggers to avoid. That’s great if your triggers are something avoidable, but you can’t choose the weather. That means keeping medication on hand to deal with unavoidable triggers. However, there’s something proactive you can do to get ahead of migraines.
A commonly overlooked migraine cause is an upper cervical misalignment. When these two bones at the top of the spine are out of position, they can affect brainstem function and proper flow of vital fluids like cerebrospinal fluid and oxygen-rich blood. Correcting the misalignment can remove these issues and eliminate the internal circumstances that lead to many migraines.
In case studies, migraine and headache patients often see benefits from upper cervical chiropractic care. For many, a properly aligned C1 and C2 leads to fewer migraines, and for some it has resulted in long-term relief. To learn more, find an upper cervical chiropractor in your area and call today.
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