Migraine Headaches Can Have More Than One Cause

migraineDo you know someone who has severe migraine headaches that make them to retreat to bed for the day, shunning bright light? It is thought that migraines occur when there is a chemical imbalance in the brain. Headaches are triggered when blood vessels in the brain become dilated and inflamed, causing irritation in nerve fibers. Misalignment of vertebrae in the spine, (subluxation), may play a part in irritating nerves that can make a person more susceptible to these imbalances. Certain foods and even hormones can trigger an episode.

Chiropractic Care Helps Ease the Suffering

When migraines are caused by subluxations of the spine, Van Amberg Family Chiropractic can often help. We treat migraine sufferers with gentle adjustments to relieve the pressure on the nerves that leads to the headaches. We also provide education about ways to help lessen the headaches. Studies have shown that chiropractic treatment provides relief comparable to some medications. We are happy to work with you and your doctor to incorporate Chiropractic care into your migraine treatment plan.

What You Can Do to Mitigate Migraines

Unfortunately, not all migraines can be prevented, but there are things you can do that may help reduce the frequency and severity.

  • Do gentle stretches to ease the tightness that exacerbates the problem. Van Amberg Family Chiropractic can provide guidance on the correct stretching technique.
  • Avoid sitting in one position for too long. Take frequent breaks to move and stretch.
  • Sleep on your side or back.
  • Use a neck-supporting pillow to keep the vertebrae in alignment.