While it’s not unusual for Wisconsinites to experience below freezing temperatures and icy roads all winter long, the moment the thermometer hits 40 degrees, we hold a little party. Spring is a season of celebration. We can leave the house without four layers of padded clothing, we don’t have to warm up our cars in the morning and we can take our dog for a walk around the block! With spring just around the corner, people are gearing up for shorts, barbecues, outdoors actives and migraines! That’s right – migraines. Research supports the theory that changing weather triggers migraines. In fact, one survey asked migraine sufferers to list migraine triggers and 53 percent of them responded with “weather.”
Weather changes, such as a sharp increase in humidity or a sudden drop in temperature can attribute to migraines. This pressure on the Earth’s surface is also known as barometric pressure. Weather change is not the only thing that can cause headaches. Dehydration, overexposure to sunlight or increased activity level can cause headaches during spring and summer months. Don’t worry, you’re probably not the only one experiencing migraines. According to the American Chiropractic Association, nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches.
In 2001, a report by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that spinal manipulation offered almost immediate improvement for those suffering from headaches. Although every headache victim is an individual case, chiropractic care may help prevent unnecessary tension and irritation in the head and neck. Doctors of Chiropractic are concerned with helping the neuromusculoskeletal source of the headaches. It’s impossible to predict how soon a patient will recover from migraines. Chiropractors want to determine the cause of your headache whether its barometric pressure, stress or other symptoms. Just like it takes more than one or two workouts to get in shape, it takes time for your spine and body to heal. Strengthening the muscles that support the spine by getting regular chiropractic visits may help attribute to headaches. If you are experiencing regular migraines, please contact Higgins Chiropractic. In the meantime, consider a few guidelines for possible temporary relief:
- Apply cold compress or an ice pack to the affected area. This may numb and/or help alleviate the pain.
- Apply heat to the neck or shoulder muscles to help relax your muscles.
- Lie down and rest with a small pillow to support your neck.
- Avoid bright light; Avoid loud noises.
- Gently massage the back of the neck to help reduce discomfort.
Get out and enjoy the spring air, don’t let headaches and migraines get you down!
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