Migraines are an extremely common condition, affecting over 10% of the population, including children. Nearly one in every four households in the U.S. has someone who suffers with migraines. For a condition so common, migraines are not very well understood, and most treatment options are geared towards trying to minimize an attack once it has already begun.
There are some lifestyle changes that are recommended for people who experience migraines that may prove to be helpful. Migraines can be debilitating, so creating routines that allow a person to recognize potential triggers is important. Some recommended lifestyle habits include:
- Keeping a headache/migraine diary – this can allow for tracking of potential triggers, as well as keeping tabs on the frequency and severity of attacks.
- Stick to a schedule – going to bed and waking up around the same time each day provides some regularity for the body.
- Exercise regularly – getting 20-30 minutes of aerobic exercise daily may help protect against recurring migraines.
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Finally, an often overlooked but very important step towards the relief of migraines is to ensure that there are no obstructions to blood flow and nervous system communications between the brain and body. Dr. Crowder, a migraine specialist in McKinney, TX, focuses on detecting specific misalignments of the atlas and axis vertebrae – the uppermost bones in the neck that sit just beneath the skull. A misalignment in this area could very well be the root cause of migraines since those bones can directly impact both blood flow and nervous system function. Dr. Crowder gently works to realign the vertebrae, and as the healing process takes place, many patients find that their migraines are fewer, less severe, or may even go away altogether.
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