Headaches and migraines are never
welcome. Headache sufferers are typically very ready for tips on how to prevent them. Migraine (a primary
headache) sufferers over the age of 50 find themselves part of a global
community with migraine as a leading cause of
disability. (1) Vancouver Spine Care Centre has
some prevention tips and treatment relief ideas especially
for our Vancouver headache and migraine sufferers.
DIET AND WEIGHT
A healthy diet feeds the body and the mind. Researchers
have noted that migraine triggers come
in a variety of forms - environmental, hormonal, and dietary.
A high-quality diet effectively helps control
migraine. Additionally, and more expressly, women
with chronic migraine had a lower diet
quality than that of women who experienced 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 revealed
to be episodic-migraine preventative. Usefulness
was noted within one month of the diet change.
(3) Vancouver Spine Care Centre is not recommending that any
of our patients try a specific
diet now! If a Vancouver headache sufferer wishes
to try a new diet, Vancouver Spine Care Centre is here to talk
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 reported
in 45% to 100% of migraine sufferers. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant characteristics
of vitamin D have initiated
a look at including it 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) Vancouver Spine Care Centre surveys the nutrition of each
individual Vancouver chiropractic patient and suggests
supplementation when applicable.
CHIROPRACTIC AND INTEGRATIVE CARE
Headaches of all sorts – primary
headaches like migraine and tension-type headache – are common
complaints brought to the Vancouver 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 beneficial
for migraine headache. (4)
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Mike Poulin on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson who discussed the treatment of headache
with chiropractic care of the cervical spine featuring spinal manipulation in
the form of Cox® Technic.
CONTACT Vancouver Spine Care Centre
Schedule a Vancouver chiropractic appointment with
Vancouver Spine Care Centre today. Vancouver Spine Care Centre welcomes headache and/or migraine sufferers
for preventive and relieving care like modifying
your diet, supplementing with vitamin D, and treating with spinal manipulation.