A connection has been seen between migraines and neck pain. Neck pain can be caused by such things as auto accidents, sporting injuries, or similar trauma to the head and neck, but it can also be a signal that a migraine is coming on. However, there are a number of people who do not experience neck pain until a migraine has subsided.
Some interesting results were revealed following an online survey by the National Headache Foundation.
- 31% had neck pain at the same time as a migraine
- 38% had neck pain either before or after a migraine
- Altogether, 69% of migraine sufferers have neck pain
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Cervicogenic Headaches Leading to Migraines
When one feels a tightening of the muscles of the neck preceding head pain, it is called a cervicogenic headache. The nerves and the muscles near the cervical spine are stimulated and become tense. These nerves extend up into the head, leading to head pain. In turn, this can be a trigger for a migraine. This is often brought about by emotional or physical stress. What is the best way to care for this type of a headache?
Migraine Relief Waynesville, OH
Stress is such a big factor in these types of headaches that a good place to start is to try to find the source of the stress. Some ideas are:
- Eat a healthy diet
- Reduce your workload
- Get more sleep
- Change up your daily routine
- Include stress-relieving activities
- Make time for exercise
- Be sure to have some down time to relax
Another area to look into is seeking the care of an upper cervical chiropractor. If a misalignment is present in the upper bones of the neck, a change may have occurred in the blood or cerebrospinal fluid flow to and from the brain, hindering the nervous system and causing muscle tightness.
At Thrive Chiropractic, we use a gentle method to help these bones move back into place and improve the health of the upper spine. This is often all that is needed to see a decrease in headaches, migraines, and muscles tightness. To schedule a complimentary consultation call our Waynesville, OH office at 513-897-0117 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.