According to the Migraine Research Foundation, there are three primary categories of non-drug treatments for migraine patients. We’re going to discuss these three different types of care, and then we will take a closer look at a therapy that has provided significant improvements for migraine patients in a number of case studies.
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The first thing we are going to address is a form of self-care. Changing habits can be one way to curb migraines. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you want to give this approach a try.
Those are just a few of the lifestyle changes that may help a migraineur. Others include everything from dietary changes to only having caffeine and alcohol in moderation (if at all) to giving up smoking (yes, it’s bad for migraines too).
Exercise can help migraines in a number of ways. First of all, we’ve already addressed the correlation between migraines and weight gain, so exercise can help fight that problem. Additionally, exercise is good for the body’s ability to regulate pain levels, deal with stress hormones, and produce feel-good hormones.
But what about exertion issues? It’s true that migraine headaches often get worse with exertion, so we’re not talking about exercising during a migraine. Concentrate on being regular when you are between migraines and focus on low-impact exercises including various types of stretching. Be careful about straining your neck when exercising, as this area has been linked to migraine occurrence and you don’t want to make things worse inadvertently.
Graded exercise is also a good idea, especially if you haven’t exercised in a long time. This will allow you to start off easy and work your way up to a more moderate exercise program rather than jumping right in and paying the price.
There are a number of non-drug therapies that help with overall health and well-being. This is called a holistic approach. Today, we’re going to focus on upper cervical chiropractic, a subspecialty of chiropractic that has found success in case studies. However, there are other non-drug therapies that can have a measure of success with migraines. These include things such as physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, and various stress management techniques.
Why does upper cervical chiropractic help and how is it different from general chiropractic? Here are the main focuses of upper cervical care:
But, you may wonder, how does the atlas affect migraines? Here are three possible ways:
Intracranial pressure, lack of blood flow, and diminished brainstem function have been linked to numerous neurological conditions, including migraines. So it just makes sense to check the atlas for a misalignment if you get migraines, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma. Find an upper cervical chiropractor near you today to get your journey to better health started.
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