According to the American Migraine Foundation, billions of people live with the disabling condition of chronic migraines. If you have ever experienced a migraine, you can understand how debilitating it can be. At Core Chiropractic + Wellness, we are committed to providing you with the facts about migraines, as well as chiropractic treatment options surrounding them. Although there has been great headway in the research done regarding migraines, there is still much to learn about the complexities of their nature.

What Is A Migraine?

Migraines are believed to be a complex neurological disease that consists of a throbbing pain in the side of the head. Currently, it is believed that migraines are a result of a neurological disorder involving nerve pathways and brain chemicals. Migraines are often accompanied by a varying degree of symptoms, such as: nausea, dizziness, vomiting, visual disturbances, and a sensitivity to light, sound and smell. That said, no one migraine is the same, therefore, not all symptoms are the same.

What Are Migraines Caused From?

There are a variety of factors that can contribute to migraines. Here are some examples:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obesity
  • Asthma
  • Snoring
  • Head/Neck injury
  • Persistent nausea

Additionally, it is important for us to break down commonly reported triggers of migraines, as well:

  • Caffeine and Alcohol
    • Just because we have entered into an era of coffee connoisseurs, does not mean that the overstimulation of caffeine is for everyone. In fact, many people find that their symptoms are intensified after consuming caffeine or even alcohol. On the contrary, some folks report their migraine symptoms are relieved after sipping on a cup of coffee, which is why you might find that caffeine is present in some migraine medications. For this reason, it is important to track the data of migraine triggers and consistencies.
  • Stress
    • Perpetual worry contributes to more than just grey hair; stress reportedly contributes to 70% of the population that suffers from migraines. A few ideas to cope with stress include: maintain a consistent sleep schedule, identify areas of stress and work to alleviate those stresses, and remain physically active.
  • Medication Overuse
    • Be careful not to abuse medication so as to avoid the possibility of migraines. Ironically, this could include using medication intended to treat migraines. Again, it is pertinent to share this information with a health provider to determine what is best for you.

Although this is not a comprehensive list of triggers, it is a significant introduction to why migraines occur. Several other triggers include: smell, light, dehydration, diet, changes in the heather and hormones. As a reminder, everyone’s migraine experiences, triggers, and treatment are different.

How Chiropractic Care Can Treat Migraines

At Core Chiropractic + Wellness, we are committed to providing the latest and most comprehensive chiropractic technology to aid in eliminating migraines and their frequencies. Although medication is an option, as stated above, it may only intensify the symptoms of migraines. We are big proponents of chiropractic care – more specifically, spinal manipulation and readjustment – being an effective treatment option for migraines. We don’t claim to have the magical cure for migraines, but if you have tried everything under the sun to prevent and treat your migraines, we are here to partner with you on your journey to recovery. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation for chiropractic care in Bakersfield.