An interesting link has been seen between migraines and changes in the weather. The change from fall to summer seems to be more of a problem than at other times of the year. No one is sure why this happens, but it may be due to:
- Shorter periods of sunlight
- A difference in cloud patterns and wind direction
- Different allergens
- The change to cooler temperatures
No matter the reason, those who suffer from migraines can relay just how intense the pain can be. At least 50% of those who have migraines attribute them to weather changes, ranking it as the number one migraine trigger. Barometric pressure seems to be a major contributor in particular. Oddly enough, lightning storms within 25 miles of a person’s home can increase the chances of having a migraine by 28%.
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Why do weather changes result in a migraine for only certain patients? It seems like some people have a problem with processing pain signals within the central nervous system and the brain. For some, signals reaching the brain are relaying a message that there is pain when the weather changes. One thing that may help is to make sure the systems of the body sending signals to and from the brain are working at their optimum. How does one go about doing this?
Migraines Relieved by Proper Spinal Alignment
At our Huxley, Iowa upper cervical chiropractic office, we focus our attention on the top bones of the neck. If they are misaligned – even by ¼ of a millimeter – they can put the brainstem under pressure and stress. This can lead to improper signals being sent to the brain about what is happening in the body and can lead to migraines.
We use a gentle method to realign these bones that does not require popping or cracking the spine. We have seen great success in employing this technique with our migraine patients, and some have received a positive outcome in a short amount of time.
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