Headaches and migraines are never
welcome. Headache sufferers are typically quite ready for tips on how to avoid them. Over 50 years of age, sufferers of
migraine, a primary headache, find themselves part of a global
community with migraine being a leading cause of
disability. (1) Apple Country Chiropractic offers
some prevention tips and treatment relief ideas especially
for our Williamson headache and migraine sufferers.
DIET AND WEIGHT
A healthy diet nourishes the body and the mind. Researchers
have described that migraine triggers appear
in many different forms - environmental, hormonal, and dietary.
A high-quality diet effectively helps control
migraine. Further, and more specifically, women
with chronic migraine consumed a lower diet
quality than that of women who had episodic
migraine. (2) Another study got
even more specific with the type of diet helpful to
migraine patients, particularly those who
are overweight. A very low-calorie ketogenic diet was found
to be episodic-migraine preventative. Effectiveness
was observed within one month of the diet change.
(3) Apple Country Chiropractic is not suggesting that any
of our patients begin a particular
diet now! If a Williamson headache sufferer wishes
to try a new diet, Apple Country Chiropractic is here to discuss
and decide which diet (if any special one) is proper.
NUTRITION: Vitamin D
The same goes for vitamin D supplementation. Vitamin D deficiency has been documented
in 45% to 100% of migraine sufferers. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant features
of vitamin D have opened its supplementation to considered inclusion in the care and prevention of headache and migraine.
One study reported that trial doses of 1000-4000 IU per day reduced
the frequency of migraine in addition to routine drug
therapy. More analysis needs to be done,
but vitamin D supplementation seems encouraging.
(1) Apple Country Chiropractic explores the nutrition of each
individual Williamson chiropractic patient and recommends
supplementation when appropriate.
CHIROPRACTIC AND INTEGRATIVE CARE
Headaches of all sorts – primary
headaches like migraine and tension-type headache – are frequent
complaints brought to the Williamson chiropractor. Research reported
that complementary and integrative medicine - nutrition, movement (yoga),
manual therapy, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, massage,
biofeedback, meditation, and mind-body strategies – was helpful.
In particular, spinal manipulation, chiropractic care,
some supplements, diet change and hydrotherapy are reported helpful
for migraine headache. (4)
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Mike Poulin on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson who discussed treating the cervical spine
with Cox® Technic for the management and relief of headache.
CONTACT Apple Country Chiropractic
Schedule a Williamson chiropractic appointment with
Apple Country Chiropractic today. Apple Country Chiropractic welcomes headache and/or migraine sufferers
for preventive and relieving approaches like modifying
your diet, supplementing with vitamin D, and treating with spinal manipulation.