70% of migraines canactually be prevented by balancing lifestyle factors such as:
- Eating enough food, especially at breakfast (skipping a good complex carb breakfast is a very common migraine trigger)*.
- Keeping well hydrated.
- Getting enough sleep. Maintaining routine patterns of sleep is also important.
- Maintaing your muscle and joints. Neck and head pain are triggers to migraine so get them sorted with your chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist.
- Being extra vigilant when other stressors come along, such as in times of high levels of stress, emotion or hormonal changes (especially for women).
Other environmental triggers include; bright lights, over exertion, travel and weather changes. Or basically all of the above when flying from Gatwick!
Here’s the best bit! Migraines actually initiate 2-3 days before their symptoms manifest therefore sensitivity to consuming dark chocolate, cheese and red wine is usually an effect not a cause!
Be careful with your medication, migraine sufferers are susceptible to develop medication overuse headaches (MOH) which will eventually give you headaches when there isn’t one.
Alex Horne Chiropractic, not just a pain in the neck. For more info please get in touch.
*Migraine onset has been linked to a delicate balance of blood sugar levels so food intake is very important.
NB: Information gleaned from the fantastic seminar at the National Migraine Centre, Clerkenwell. Thanks guys!