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It’s common for people suffering from migraines to also experience neck pain. That’s because neck pain often indicates cervical subluxation – one of the leading triggers of migraine attacks. Find out more about how they’re related! Also, read on to learn how our Cape Coral upper cervical chiropractor helps patients achieve migraine and neck pain relief that is effective and long-lasting.

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Many consider the internet as the pinnacle of all technological advancements. Who wouldn’t be ecstatic when all the knowledge of the world and beyond are at our fingertips? We spend hours on end on our smartphones and computers, trying to learn all that we can.

Indeed, technology has come a long way and provides us with what we need. However, we cannot confidently say that computers only create positive things. For example, staying in front of our computers for a long time can trigger migraine attacks.

Several patients who look for migraine relief in Cape Coral complain of episodes following hours of staring at a computer screen.

In this blog, we’ll talk about why this happens. We’ll also list other migraine triggers so that you’ll know what to do to prevent migraine episodes from occurring. Lastly, we’ll share a natural care method that can help you find relief from migraines.

 

Why Is Working at A Computer Bad for Migraines?

Getting migraines is a bothersome predicament if you ask the patients who have it. Not only does it make you feel weak and tired from the pounding and painful headaches, but it also makes you unproductive.

The prevalence of migraines led researchers to conduct studies in the hopes of understanding this condition better. Aside from the pulsating headaches, they discovered several telling signs of migraine attacks, such as:

Besides these symptoms, researchers also found out that staring at computer screens for too long can cause migraine episodes. There are two possible reasons why this is a trigger for migraines:

Your screen’s brightness is too high.

Believe it or not– a bright computer screen does not only strain the eyes. As mentioned earlier, if you’re experiencing migraines, you’re pretty much sensitive to brightness.

We advise that you avert your eyes from the computer screen every 20 minutes or so to avoid straining your eyes.

However, if you have no choice but to stay in front of the screen and you want to prevent migraines from occurring, keep the brightness level at moderate or install a Bluelight filter app to soften the brightness.

Your monitor is below your eye level.

When you’re working at a computer that’s positioned way too low, you’re probably looking down. Slouching in front of your desk all day can add excess tension to your neck and may result in a neck misalignment.

When misalignments in your neck exist, these can impede blood flow to your brain. Poor blood flow to the brain often equates to terrible headaches. And these headaches can progress into a full-blown migraine attack.

 

What Are the Other Triggers for Migraines?

People experience varying severity of migraines. So perhaps, it’s safe to assume that they also have different triggers for their episodes.

Those who seek migraine relief in Cape Coral reported getting migraines after being exposed to specific things. Here are six common triggers for migraines:

#1. Caffeine

Depending on your caffeine sensitivity, coffee can either make or break your day if you have migraines. For some people, drinking coffee can suppress their migraine attacks. However, others experience worse migraines when consuming caffeine-rich products.

#2. Poor Diet

If you like to skip meals or eat more processed foods, you’re at a higher risk of getting migraines. Processed foods are full of preservatives that can bring about terrible headaches. Neglecting to drink enough water can also lead to horrible migraine episodes.

#3. Too Much Stress

Anything too much often leads to a negative outcome. For example, excess stress can trigger migraine attacks. If you constantly feel anxious or stressed, consider trying out stress-relieving activities. Yoga and walking are the usual top picks. However, you can try out any other relaxing hobby to manage your stress levels.

#4. Poor Sleeping Habits

Sleeping is another way to relieve stress. However, poor sleeping habits can do more harm than good to your migraines. If you get persistent migraines, sleeping on your back may be beneficial for you. As much as possible, keep yourself away from distractions at night so that you can get sufficient hours of sleep.

#5. Hormonal Fluctuations

Constant hormonal changes are natural, especially for women. Dealing with menstrual pain and bleeding is an already challenging part of a woman’s life. But did you know that hormones are also responsible for these pains? These hormonal changes are also why women experience more migraines than men.

#6. Environmental Changes

Many patients who search for migraine relief in Cape Coral claim that weather changes trigger their migraine attacks, especially this summer. Not everyone is susceptible– however, changes in humidity, lighting, and even noise may contribute to painful migraines.

 

We Offer Migraine Relief in Cape Coral 

Going back to how using the computer for too long causes migraines, did you notice that the second reason involves the neck?

The neck is a complex body part consisting of muscles, bones, ligaments, and joints. These components, together, support the head, which usually weighs 11 lbs on average.

Imagine craning your neck to meet your screen for an entire day at work. You might think that it’s nothing, and you’re used to it. But, did you know that for every inch you place your head forward, you put 10 lbs of additional tension to your neck? So, if you crane your head 3 inches lower, your neck’s basically carrying a weight similar to a corgi’s.

If you do not correct this practice, you might develop neck misalignments, leading to migraines.

Suppose you do have an unchecked neck misalignment. Have no worries– upper cervical chiropractors can help you.

At Corrective Spinal Care of Florida, we know that migraines cause unspeakable pain. So, we would like to extend our upper cervical chiropractic expertise to you. If you call us at 239-766-6821 today, we can further explain the gentle and highly accurate technique our doctors use to correct neck misalignments.

 

To schedule a complimentary consultation, call our Cape Coral office at 239-766-6821, or you can also click the button below.

If you are outside of the local area, you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

Most of the time when migraine symptoms are topic in a discussion, they are listed in order by how common they are. What we are going to look at today are some of the most debilitating migraine symptoms. While the order is subjective, you will no doubt agree that migraines are more than just an ordinary headache. We also want to provide our readers with hope that migraines don’t have to lead to disability or lifelong medication use, so we will also discuss a way of finding natural relief from migraine symptoms.

Read the full blog post:

The 6 Most Debilitating Migraine Symptoms

Silent migraines are difficult to diagnose, but that doesn’t make them any less serious or debilitating. Here are 7 things you should know about silent migraines. We’ll conclude by discussing a natural way that many are breaking away from the grip of migraines.

Read the full blog post:

7 Shocking Facts About Silent Migraines

Triggers can cause a migraine attack to come about or get worse. Doctors and upper cervical chiropractors remind us time and time again to avoid migraine triggers, including foods. A study found that food is a trigger in about 10% of people with migraines.

Let this article be your guide on what foods to eat to make your migraines disappear, and what foods to eliminate in your diet as they can bring on migraine headaches.

 

Foods That Ease Migraines

Cucumber

This vegetable contains a fair amount of water (97% of it to be exact) that can keep you hydrated. As you know, dehydration is a common migraine trigger. Therefore, you must consume foods that are rich in water.

Sesame seeds

A small seed it may seem, but a sesame seed is full of vitamin E. This nutrient helps maintain the estrogen in the body at the proper level to keep menstrual migraines at bay. Sesame seeds also contain L-arginine, an amino acid that, when used with Ibuprofen, can relieve migraines.

Brown rice and oatmeal

A low-carb diet is fine, but inadequate carbs in your system may cause you to suffer from daily headaches. Without carbohydrates, your blood sugar will drop drastically, resulting in headaches. To avoid this, always eat healthy and carb-rich foods such as brown rice, oatmeal, apples, carrots, and pears.

Russet potatoes

As mentioned earlier, dehydration can lead to headaches. Another method to combat dehydration is by taking in some potassium. Russet potatoes are rich in potassium, three times more than the amount in a banana. Also, 75% of russet potatoes are water, so they are more than enough to rehydrate you.

Fortified whole-grain cereal

Eating foods with high amounts of Vitamin B12 (riboflavin) can also help you prevent migraine headaches. Some great sources of this vitamin are All Bran, Wheaties, and Fiber One.

Cherries

Deter a migraine headache by devouring some cherries around the time you usually get an attack. Cherries contain compounds that transform into nitric oxide in the body. Therefore, these fruits can protect you from migraines and headaches. Surprisingly, beetroot and beetroot juice have the same effect.

Pumpkin seeds

Magnesium calms down the blood vessels in the brain. Fortunately, some foods are abundant of this mineral, such as pumpkin seeds, almonds, and brazil nuts. Munch a half cup of pumpkin seeds to satisfy 100 percent of your daily magnesium requirements.

Hot peppers

Hot peppers have an active chemical called capsaicin that can numb the trigeminal nerve of the brain. Irritation of this nerve causes the onset of some migraines and debilitating types of headaches, such as cluster and tension headaches.

Coffee or tea

Believe it or not, too little caffeine can also trigger migraine headaches. If you are used to drinking coffee every day and suddenly missed your daily cup of coffee, you may get headaches. In short, an adequate dose of coffee is good for the body. Just don’t have too much or too little of it.

 

Foods That Trigger or Worsen Migraines

Cured meats

Foods such as bacon, hot dogs, and lunch meats contain nitrates and nitrites. These chemicals are added to these foods to keep them fresh and extend their shelf life. However, they inflate the blood vessels, which can cause migraine headaches. Moreover, cured meats have lots of salts, which leads to dehydration.

Bananas and Avocados

Bananas and avocados are full of tyramine, a natural compound that can constrict or expand the blood vessels. When this happens, migraines can be the result. Thus, monitor if these two fruits harm you and stop eating them if they cause you headaches.

Alcohol

Sulfites are chemicals that naturally exist in all kinds of wines, and they are mixed with other alcoholic drinks to maintain their food color and counteract the growth of bacteria or fungi in them. However, sulfites can bring on migraine headaches. On top of that, alcohol is extremely dehydrating, causing migraines even more. Alcohol blocks the antidiuretic hormone. So, instead of the fluid returning into the body, it goes directly to the bladder. In addition, alcohol weakens your brain’s ability to figure out when you are thirsty. Some people go past the point of dehydration.

MSG

MSG (monosodium glutamate) is a flavor enhancer often blended in Asian foods and soy sauce. They are also in American processed foods and instant noodles. The same thing as hydrolyzed vegetable protein, acid breaks down a plant protein into amino acids. Free glutamate is released and combined with the free sodium in the body to produce MSG, and this can trigger episodes of migraines.

Cheese

Tyramine is in aged cheeses such as Swiss, Cheddar, Camembert, and Stilton. Avoid them as much as you can.

Soy sauce

Soy sauces have too much MSG in them, not to mention sodium. Either of these two components can trigger migraines and headaches.

Artificial sweeteners

Aspartame should be consumed in moderation, as advised by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Over the three decades, the FDA has received many customer complaints about the negative neurological effects that aspartame brings. These include memory loss, dizziness, and headaches. Better stay away from artificial sweeteners to keep migraines at bay and boost your mood and health.

 

Upper Cervical Chiropractic: An On Point Care for Migraines

More than avoiding triggers, it is important that you address the root cause of your migraines to keep them from returning. If you have avoided all the prohibited foods listed above but still get migraines, it may be time to consult an upper cervical chiropractor. A misaligned bone may be the underlying cause of your migraines.

When the C1 bone in your upper cervical spine (neck) shifts out of position, it can stress the brainstem and cause it to act up. By employing upper cervical chiropractic to adjust the bones gently and safely, migraineurs can find relief to their headaches and other migraine symptoms.

Give this unique alternative care a go. Request an appointment with our upper cervical chiropractor by calling 239-558-5866 or accomplishing this online form.

 

To schedule a complimentary consultation, call our Cape Coral office at 239-766-6821, or you can also click the button below.

If you are outside of the local area, you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

Helping every patient experience a life free from pain and suffering is our number one mission at our practice.

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