If you suffer from migraines, your doctor may have prescribed you some of the conventional migraine treatments. Since there are only a few pills approved by the FDA as migraine treatments, you may quickly find whether they provide any benefit for you and if they are worth the side effects in your case.
On the other hand, there are many ways to get migraine relief that don’t involve traditional migraine treatment options. We’re going to consider some quick tips that may help you either to relieve a migraine or that can make one more bearable. We will conclude by discussing a natural therapy that has helped many migraineurs to regain control of their health.
Migraine Treatment Versus Home Remedies
Migraine treatments can have many side effects. However, the home remedies we are about to present have no ill side effects, so even if they don’t provide complete relief, they can still offer some benefits without any risks.
- Get a pair of dark sunglasses – Bright lights can trigger a migraine. They can also make a migraine episode worse. Having a pair of shades handy to slip can save you a lot of pain. They may even help when indoors during an attack.
- Have a regular sleeping and eating schedule – Missed meals and a lack of proper rest are both known migraine triggers. Be sure to eat three meals a day and have a set time to wake up and go to bed each day. This may result in fewer migraine episodes.
- Make use of positive stress coping techniques – This may be the number one migraine trigger. The problem is related to hormone levels in the body, so a migraine can be triggered both when stress spikes your hormone levels and when they rapidly drop after stress is relieved. Therefore, regulating stress is vital for migraine patients. From taking short breaks during the day and having a hobby to relax with to going on vacation when you need to, there are plenty of ways to control your stress levels in a healthy manner.
- Exercise regularly – Not only is this an excellent way to control your stress levels, but you can also increase blood flow in the body. Since studies link migraines to reduced blood flow in certain parts of the brain, this can be critical when it comes to keeping migraines at bay.
- Aromatherapy – While there is limited research regarding the benefits of aromatherapy for migraine, in particular, there are certain scents like peppermint and lavender that have been shown to have a calming effect. Again, this can play a role in helping you to limit stress. Just watch out for overly strong smells, especially if this is a migraine trigger for you.
- Apply heat – Heat improves blood flow. As a result, a hot bath may both relieve stress and help you to get more blood to your brain. Both can have a positive effect for migraineurs.
- Apply ice – On the other hand, about 75% of migraineurs present with neck pain as a symptom. Neck pain can be due to inflammation, and ice is better for swelling. In fact, heat can cause swelling, so determining whether you need more blood flow or less inflammation will determine which method you should use.
- Avoid blue light – Researchers are still determining the full effects of all of the blue light that we are exposed to from monitors and device screens. In the meantime, having a lens coating to reduce blue light glare may be able to limit the likelihood of screen glare triggering a migraine.
These are just a few of the many ways that you can care for your migraines at home by avoiding triggers and reducing the frequency with which your migraine episodes occur. However, if you want to get genuine, long-term relief, you have to get to the source of migraines. For many patients, an overlooked underlying cause is a misalignment in the top bones of the neck called the upper cervical spine. Let’s examine how these misalignments can lead to migraines and what you can do if you suspect this is an underlying factor for your migraines.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care and Migraines
How can an upper cervical misalignment be at the heart of recurring migraines? Here are a few effects that misalignment of the C1 and C2 vertebrae can have on the central nervous system (CNS).
- Brainstem function – The C1 (atlas) surrounds the brainstem. Even a mild subluxation can put pressure on this pivotal part of the central nervous system. Studies link inhibited brainstem function to migraine occurrence.
- Cerebrospinal fluid drainage – When the upper cervical spine is misaligned, cerebrospinal fluid may fail to drain correctly. If this occurs, it can start to pool in the head and create intracranial pressure, leading to migraines and other neurological conditions.
- Blood flow – The cervical spine facilitates blood flow to the head by means of the vertebral foramen. When the bones of the neck become misaligned, this can affect the free flow of oxygen-rich blood that the brain needs for proper CNS function.
Upper cervical chiropractic care involves safe and gentle adjustments of the top two bones in the neck. Precision measurements are prepared using diagnostic imaging techniques. This allows patients to receive personalized care. If you are suffering from migraines, this may be just what you need to find long-term relief. Contact a practitioner in your area to learn more today.
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