Natural Migraine Headache Relief
Fort Collins, CO

Migraine headaches can have numerous causes. This can make finding relief somewhat tough for many people in Fort Collins. Hormones, spinal problems, stress and nutritional deficiencies are a few possible reasons why you may be suffering from these headaches. If you have absolutely no clue what is causing them; a good starting point is to evaluate your overall lifestyle as it relates to the possible causes listed below. Finding an answer to your migraine headaches is not so hard once you know where to look. On the other hand; some sufferers know exactly why these headaches happen to them. Whichever person you are, trust me, finding an answer to your headaches is easier than you think. With some time, diligence and will power, you can have a dramatic effect on your pain and suffering.

Common Causes of Migraine Headaches

Food Allergies
Spinal Problems
Nutritional deficiencies
Hormonal Imbalances
Menstrual Cycles
Stress and tension
Sleep Patterns & Quality
Neurological Sensitivities

The Basics

So….where are you at in life? Are you getting busier with each day and putting your own needs on the back burner? If so, it’s time to take a step back and evaluate everything in your daily lifestyle. First, let’s talk about sleep. For any kind of chronic headache, it is important to keep regular sleep patterns. This means going to bed at night and getting up in the morning at roughly the same time each day. This doesn’t mean you can’t sleep in a little when needed – there is some room to budge here. Just don’t make a habit of it and keep your sleep cycle fairly regular. You should be getting 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night, depending on your individual needs. If the quality of your sleep is poor due to pain, then it’s time to visit a Fort Collins chiropractor to fix that. The pillow you use should not be overly thick. In fact, when you lay on your pillow, it should only fill in the gaps that exist between your head/neck and the bed’s surface. The newer contoured pillows are great for achieving this. If you have a ‘normal’ pillow, just bunch it up to fit the contour of your head and neck. Any additional thickness will only place undue stress and tension on your spine and this is very bad.

Secondly, let’s look at your nutrition. Are you literally feeding your pain? Migraine headaches in particular often have their cause rooted in simple nutritional deficiencies. The most common of these include omega-3 essential fats, riboflavin (Vitamin B-2), calcium, vitamin D and magnesium. If you are experiencing headaches because of a deficiency such as these, you’ve likely been starving your body of what it needs for much longer than you’ve had the headaches. What other symptoms or diseases do you think are going on in your body because of this? You’d be surprised. To correct this, take two supplements daily – a whole food multi-vitamin and omega-3 fish oil. Do not purchase cheap vitamins and oils from chain stores. More times than not, they are a waste of money due to their extremely poor quality. Instead, start researching products yourself or consult with someone who already knows them. Chiropractors and naturopathic doctors can typically help you with this. I personally take and sell in my office Professional Right Food Vitamins and Pharmax Fish Oil. They are high quality and can be taken for two dollars per day.

Finally, you need to honestly ask yourself – how is your diet? High amounts of sugar, refined flour and processed food are some of the usual suspects that cause migraine headaches. Unknown allergies to these foods can be a larger factor. And to top it off, most people who eat a lot of these foods have done so since their childhood. If this sounds familiar, you would be a good candidate for a whole body cleanse under the supervision of a trained professional. A whole body cleanse typically includes a structured diet and supplement regimen that you follow for up to three weeks. When done correctly, it can rid your body from years of toxic build-up and literally ‘reset’ your body’s physiology. It is literally life changing for some people. Cleanses can result in countless health benefits that dramatically effect pain, skin, excess weight and organ function. It’s easier to do than you may think and will pay unlimited dividends towards your health. Standard Process makes a three week system that is one of the better cleanses on the market. I have personally used it and it works. For more information regarding the Standard Process Cleanse, please call my office for a complimentary phone or in-office consultation.

Care for Your Spine and Nervous System

All migraine headaches have a neurological component to their cause. Often, this faulty component is located within your spine. It can take the form of a simple misalignment of a bone, a nerve with too much pressure upon it or one of several other problems. If this problem is causing a symptom as severe as a migraine, it obviously needs to be addressed. Chiropractic is the best natural way to care for your spine, regardless of your age or past history of surgery. Chiropractors are doctors that specialize in the spine and we know how to fix it. As a doctor, there is nothing more satisfying than giving a patient their life back after struggling with pain this severe. I have helped countless patients get rid of their migraines naturally. If you have been to chiropractors in the past and have not gotten sufficient relief, or the pain even got worse, you need another opinion. Chiropractic is a very diverse profession and we are not all the same. I am very different from many of my Fort Collins colleagues. Migraine headaches often need accurate, specific work to be corrected and this is what I provide using the Gonstead system of chiropractic. Please allow me to offer you a complimentary twenty minute consultation so we may determine the cause of your migraine headaches. There is a very good chance I can help you.

Avoid Your Triggers

Many people in Fort Collins that suffer from migraine headaches have specific ‘triggers’ that seem to cause them. It is believed that these migraine headache sufferers have inherited a sensitive nervous system that under certain circumstances can lead to the headache. Triggers vary from person to person and they don’t always cause a headache every time you’re exposed to them. They vary greatly and range from offensive odors (perfumes, chemicals) to food additives such as nitrates (a common preservative). If you are unsue if you have triggers related to your headaches, start keeping track of what precedes them. The best way to do this is by keeping a headache diary. In it, you can record your activities and meals that happened prior to the headache. Some of the more common triggers include chocolate, wine, beer, nuts, caffeine, nitrates, aged cheeses, offending odors and monosodium glutamate (a key ingredient in some Asian foods). If you start finding common denominators in your headache diary, you probably have a trigger. Once you know your triggers, it’s not rocket science – just avoid them!

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