Anyone who has experienced migraines can attest to the fact that they are not just really bad headaches. They are accompanied by a host of other symptoms which include:
- Visual disturbances
- Extreme sensitivity to light, smells, and sounds
If you or anyone you know suffers from migraines, identifying food triggers can be an important first step towards prevention. Here are some common foods that should be eliminated right off the bat:
- Nitrites — This is a preservative that is found in most processed meats such as bacon and lunch meat.
- Alcohol — Consuming an excess amount of alcohol can trigger a migraine and other health problems.
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG) — MSG is a flavor enhancer used in processed foods.
- Coffee — Even though it may be your favorite pick-me-up, caffeine is one of the most common triggers for migraines.
Tracking what triggers your migraines, as well as learning potential food triggers, are crucial to prevention. However, targeting the underlying cause of the problem will allow you to experience lasting relief, not just momentary relief.
Your Spine and Your Migraines
It’s important to know the important role of the vertebrae of the spine. The vertebrae of the spine serve to protect the spinal cord, which is vital to the proper function of every part of the body. The atlas, the topmost vertebra, is especially vulnerable to misalignment due to its unique shape and position. Any type of injury or accident can cause the atlas to shift out of normal position and put pressure on the spinal cord and brainstem. This pressure can alter normal signals being sent along the spinal cord. The flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid can also be altered, creating other health issues. Any of these factors may also be contributing to migraine episodes.
An upper cervical chiropractor can be of great help with relieving migraine pain. We are able to examine the alignment of the atlas vertebra. It only takes a tiny misalignment to wreak havoc on the body. If we determine there is a misalignment, we will then work to gently adjust the atlas back to its original position. This will help the body to begin to heal itself naturally.
To find an upper cervical specialist in your area go to http://www.NUCCA.org or if you are in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area CALL 423-402-4602 to schedule a consultation
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