Headaches and migraines are unwelcome visitors. Headache sufferers are usually very open
to tips on how to avoid them. Over 50 years of age, sufferers of
migraine, a primary headache, find themselves members of a global
community with migraine as a leading cause of
disability. (1) Spinal Care Clinic offers
some prevention tips and treatment relief ideas especially
for our Burlington and Hamilton headache and migraine sufferers.
DIET AND WEIGHT
A healthy diet feeds the body and the mind. Researchers
have noticed that migraine triggers come
in a variety of forms - environmental, hormonal, and dietary.
A high-quality diet effectively helps handle
migraine. Additionally, and more expressly, women
with chronic migraine ate a poorer quality diet than that of women who had episodic
migraine. (2) Another study got
even more specific with the type of diet beneficial to
migraine patients, specifically those who
are overweight. A very low-calorie ketogenic diet was revealed
to be episodic-migraine preventative. Effectiveness
was observed within one month of the diet change.
(3) Spinal Care Clinic is not recommending that any
of our patients start a particular
diet now! If a Burlington and Hamilton headache sufferer wants
to try a new diet, Spinal Care Clinic is here to talk
and decide which diet (if any special one) is appropriate.
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 qualities
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 study needs to be done,
but vitamin D supplementation appears encouraging.
(1) Spinal Care Clinic explores the nutrition of each
individual Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patient and suggests
supplementation when appropriate.
CHIROPRACTIC AND INTEGRATIVE CARE
Headaches of all varieties – primary
headaches like migraine and tension-type headache – are everyday
complaints brought to the Burlington and Hamilton chiropractor. Research stated
that complementary and integrative medicine - nutrition, movement (yoga),
manual therapy, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, massage,
biofeedback, meditation, and mind-body strategies – was helpful.
More specifically, 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 presented the treatment of headache
with chiropractic care of the cervical spine featuring spinal manipulation in
the form of Cox® Technic.
CONTACT Spinal Care Clinic
Schedule a Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic appointment with
Spinal Care Clinic today. Spinal Care Clinic welcomes headache and/or migraine sufferers
for preventive and alleviating care like modifying
your diet, supplementing with vitamin D, and treating with spinal manipulation.