If you or a family member suffer from migraines, you know that they are not just really bad headaches. Migraines come along with a host of other symptoms, including nausea, visual disturbances, and extreme sensitivity to light, smells, and sounds. For some migraine sufferers, identifying food triggers can prove to be an important step toward prevention. There are some common foods that should be addressed right off the bat:
- Coffee – Caffeine can be one of the most common triggers for migraines
- Nitrites – A preservative found in processed meats such as bacon and lunch meat
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG) – A flavor enhancer used in processed and packaged foods
- Alcohol – Excess alcohol consumption can trigger a migraine and add to other health issues
Learning about potential foods to avoid and tracking your migraine triggers are both important. However, getting to the underlying cause of the problem will allow for relief that is not merely temporary.
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Your Spine and Your Migraines
The vertebrae of the spine serve to protect the spinal cord, which is essential to the normal function of our entire body. The upper vertebra in the spine, the atlas, is especially vulnerable to misalignment because of its unique shape. Whether by injury or accident, the atlas can shift out of normal alignment and create pressure in the spinal cord and brainstem. This pressure can distort normal signals traveling along the spinal cord and can also create abnormal blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow. Any of these factors can be contributing to the onset of migraine episodes.
Upper cervical chiropractic takes a detailed look at your atlas alignment. Even a small shift away from normal alignment is enough to create dysfunction. If a misalignment is found, we are then able to gently adjust the atlas back to its normal position so that normal nerve function is restored. An atlas misalignment is often an underlying factor in many migraine cases, and a gentle correction may be all that’s needed to reduce the severity and/or frequency of episodes.
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