For those who suffer from migraine headaches, the most important thing is to find relief when an attack occurs. This article will outline a few ideas that can be tried at home to alleviate migraine pain. We will also discuss one important step to finding overall relief for migraines.
Getting the Right Rest Can Help Migraines
Poor or irregular sleeping habits can be a trigger for migraines. It is important to try to go to sleep at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning. What can help you get good rest at night? Here are a few ideas:
- The bed is for sleeping: Watching TV in bed is not a good idea for those that get migraines. Removing the TV from the bedroom is a good place to start. The TV may be a migraine trigger.
- Do not read or listen to music in bed: Once again, keep the bed for sleeping purposes only. Other activities can interfere with the body’s natural sleep cycle and keep a person up longer than needed.
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- Don’t eat or drink a few hours before bed: By not eating for four hours before bed and not drinking for two hours before bed, chances are a person will get a better night’s rest.
There is no guarantee that if someone tries these suggestions, he will no longer have migraines. However, he may be surprised that these things can actually help. Another vital step is to make an appointment to see an upper cervical chiropractor.
Migraines and the Upper Neck
Often, migraines can be caused by a misalignment in one of the top two bones of the vertebrae, the atlas or axis bones. If a misalignment is in this area, blood flow and cerebrospinal fluid flow can be hindered from going to and exiting the brain. Nerve function can also be compromised. We have seen much improvement in our migraine patients after we give them a gentle adjustment to the upper neck. The body begins its natural healing process, and most see a reduction in severity and occurrence of migraines.