Migraines affect 38 million in the United States alone and about 10 to 12% of people globally. That means the number of business people with migraines is significant. How can you stop the pounding head pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and nausea (not to mention other symptoms that vary from person to person) from throwing your entire career off track? Here are a few suggestions.
Tips for Preventing Migraines at Work
It would be nice if your migraines would just wait for you to get home, but unfortunately, a migraine can strike during the middle of a workday and tank your productivity. Here are a few tips for reducing the number of migraines you face during the business day.
- Learn your triggers – Keep a journal to discover your migraine triggers and do your best to avoid these while at the office.
- Get enough sleep – Migraines are more common when one has not slept enough, so instead of staying out late with coworkers, get to bed early on work nights and save partying for Friday or Saturday evening.
- Don’t skip meals – You may find that if you get busy during the workday and skip lunch that an afternoon migraine becomes more common. Keeping meals on a regular schedule can help.
Unfortunately, you may still get occasional migraines at the office. It can be tough to walk the line between dealing with pain and other symptoms that affect productivity versus taking medications that may cloud your ability to work and make good decisions.
Really, the best way to deal with migraines is at their source. Upper cervical chiropractic can help you to do that.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for Migraines
According to a headache paper that reported on 101 patients with migraines or other headache types, upper cervical chiropractic care was able to reduce the frequency of migraines and even eliminate them completely for some patients. This is because an upper cervical misalignment is often the underlying factor in migraine occurrence. A misalignment in this sensitive area at the base of the skull can affect:
- Cerebrospinal fluid drainage
- Vertebral arteries that carry blood to the brain
- Brainstem function
To learn more about how a gentle and precise adjustment may help get you on the road to recovery, contact an upper cervical chiropractor near you today.