Although the exact cause of what triggers migraines is not fully understood, changes in the function of the blood or nervous system in specific areas of the brain and chemical imbalances have been associated with migraine attacks.
Causes of Migraines
Some common triggers related to the onset of a migraine attack are:
- After periods of stress
- Certain foods e.g. chocolate, caffeine, nitrates, wine
- Some medications (including vasodilators)
- Changes in sleeping habits
- Hormonal changes (associations with the menstrual cycle)
- Tension in the neck (especially the upper part of the neck)
Treatment of Migraines
Chiropractic can reduce the severity and frequency of migraine attacks. Treatment can relieve restriction in the neck, upper back and shoulders and helping correct any postural issues that may influence the occurrence of both migraine and tension headaches.
Prevention of Migraines
As well as the regular chiropractic adjustments, identifying special trigger patterns and avoiding them is important. Also the use of supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, calcium, vitamin D among others are useful in preventing of migraine. However, always consult your Chiropractor or Doctor before beginning any supplements.