Migraines are experienced by approximately 16 percent of American adults. Women are three times as likely to suffer from this debilitating condition. Triggers vary from person to person, but some are definitely more common than others. At least, that was what a study showed that was recently published.
The study was conducted using 326 migraine patients who kept journals for 90 days in order to identify what triggered their head pain. The results showed that some triggers thought to be more common actually occur rather rarely, while other less considered triggers are very common. Consider just a few.
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Food and drink are often blamed as common migraine triggers. However, many of the culprits were not very common in the study. For example, only 0.9% of participants had migraines triggered by cheese and fewer than 3% suffered head pain after wine and chocolate. Caffeine, nuts, and MSG were the most common triggers in food and drink. On the other hand, loud noises, bright lights, and odors affected between 22 and 26 percent of participants. What was the most common trigger?
43.6% of participants experienced neck pain prior to head pain. This is not surprising to upper cervical chiropractors. There are numerous studies that link migraines to neck problems. In fact, even a slight upper cervical misalignment can be responsible for reduced blood flow to the brain or pressure on the brainstem. This, in turn, can lead to head pain.
At Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Sacramento, we have the diagnostic tools to identify upper cervical misalignments. Then we tailor a program of gentle adjustments to correct the misalignment for each individual patient. For many, such corrections help with migraines right from the first adjustment. This is especially true for patients who experience neck pain along with the head pain.
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