Ending the Cycle of Headaches and Migraines

Why Won’t They Stop?

Migraines and headaches typically stem from the same underlying cause. Your upper cervical part of your neck is the main source of the issue. It can cause spasms, pain, and ultimately the feeling of a headache. These symptoms will also increase when there is a lack of blood flow to the brain which causes extreme pain. When your brain lacks oxygen, other health issues will arise due to the brain’s function being a control center for your health.

Finding the Causes

Studies have shown that 90% of migraines are paired with neck problems as well. Your upper cervical part of your neck is the main source of the issue. It can cause spasms, pain, and ultimately the feeling of a headache. Loss of curvature in your neck can accelerate headache symptoms and cause damage to the upper part of your neck. This can occur over time with poor posture, sitting at a desk job, car accidents, sleeping on your stomach, sports injuries, etc. Luckily, there are solutions to correct these issues that go beyond taking medication to cover up the symptoms.

Top 5 Solutions for Headaches and Migraines

1. Magnesium

Taking a magnesium supplement (Magnesium Calm) every day. Our body can become deficient in magnesium when we do not eat enough healthy foods or we have a digestive issue that blocks the body from absorbing these nutrients. Caffeine, sugar, and stress can also lower these levels. When magnesium is low, your body may constrict arteries and cause symptoms of a headache.

2. Spine Evaluation

It is vital to check your spine. Going to a chiropractor will allow you to see the posture of your spine and if there are any signs of degeneration. When you get an x-ray, you will be able to see any areas that need help with removing the interference in your body. Interference in the body not only block your ability to heal but also cause symptoms of headaches and migraines.

3. Cayenne Pepper

In the midst of experiencing a migraine episode, take cayenne pepper. It would be intense to put cayenne pepper on your tongue, so a unique way to get rid of an oncoming migraine would be to snort cayenne pepper. It will not hurt you and is not as painful as it sounds. It is a natural remedy to dilate the arteries to the brain.

4. Caffiene

Too much caffeine can cause constriction of the arteries which will cause more migraines in the future. Although caffeine is used to curve symptoms in the moment, such as Excedrin, you can create long term side effects that will negatively affect or cause an increase of migraines.

5. Screen Time + Sleep

Sleeping on your stomach is one of the top reasons people have neck issues. Other symptoms include neck pain, shoulder pain, numbness and tingling of the hands, and migraines. The best position to sleep is on your back. In addition, the amount of screen time can affect your neck and migraines. This includes the time spent sitting while looking at the screen as well as the blue light which increases a stress response in your body. Ways to decrease the negative effects of screen time can be to reduce the time using it, correct posture, and glasses or screen covers that protect you from the blue light.

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