When it comes to migraines, most doctors turn straight to the prescription pad or at least recommend certain over-the-counter drugs. However, these medications only provide a quick and temporary fix, have low success rates, come with a host of side effects, and don’t address the underlying issue. That’s why many are looking for drug-free ways to get relief from migraines. Here are a few recognized means of natural relief.
Lifestyle Changes that Affect Migraines
There are a number of recommended lifestyle changes for those suffering from this complex condition.
- Drink Plenty of Water – Dehydration can lead to migraines.
- Maintain a Regular Sleep Schedule – Lack of sleep is also a trigger for many.
- Exercise Regularly – This helps to maintain good circulation, a must for avoiding migraines.
- Don’t Skip Meals – Low blood sugar may trigger migraines.
- Maintain a Migraine Journal – Learn your specific triggers and strive to avoid them.
- Keep Weight Under Control – Obesity has been linked to a higher rate of migraine occurrence.
Alternative Migraine Therapies
When a patient wants to seek out an alternative therapy for migraine care, there are a few options are recommended.
- Stress Management – This may involve stretching techniques, meditation, or behavioral therapy.
- Physical Therapy
While this is not a comprehensive list of the therapies recommended, I want to take the rest of our discussion to point out one lesser-known option—upper cervical chiropractic care.
Why Upper Cervical Chiropractic Has More Success Than General Chiropractic Care
If you’ve tried chiropractic for your migraines and met with disappointment, don’t dismiss upper cervical care. First of all, upper cervical chiropractic is a far more precise procedure involving the C1 and C2 vertebrae. It is a low force correction rather than a popping or twisting motion. As a result, the adjustments last longer and give the body time to repair nerve and tissue damage. Also, the particular vertebrae targeted have a profound effect on the overall function of the central nervous system. As a result, case studies have revealed that many patients see fewer and less severe migraines, some even being able to break away from pain medication altogether.