In 2013, the National Headache Foundation took a survey that revealed three-quarters of migraine patients felt that weather changes triggered their migraines. According to a study performed by the Atlanta Headache Center, weather was the fourth most commonly reported migraine trigger.
Other studies have considered the particular weather changes that affect migraines. While barometric pressure changes are the most commonly blamed feature, some studies have been dedicated to researching why migraines become more frequent when lightning is in the area.
Do you feel like you can predict the weather with your migraines? If so, you are certainly not alone. 38 million Americans suffer from migraines, and as noted in the studies above, most feel that weather is a trigger.
While some migraine triggers can be avoided, we can’t escape the weather. So how can you reduce the frequency or severity of your migraines if your triggers are unavoidable?
How Upper Cervical Alignment Affects Migraines
The top bones in the spine, the C1 and C2, play a vital role in the function of the central nervous system. Misalignments can affect everything from brainstem function to cerebrospinal fluid drainage. Even oxygen reaching the brain can be reduced if the misaligned vertebrae affect the vertebral arteries that facilitate blood flow to the brain. Clearly, the proper alignment of these bones needs to be checked if one suffers from migraines.
Upper cervical chiropractic involves diagnostic methods of precisely measuring a misalignment of the C1 and C2 along with low force corrections that realign the bones without the popping or cracking of general chiropractic. The result is a long-lasting correction that gives the body time to heal. Conditions brought about by issues caused by the misalignment can be helped, migraines included.
If you are suffering from migraines, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, find a practitioner near you and schedule a consultation.