Migraines are a common problem with estimates stating 18% of adult women and 6% of adult men suffer from this neurological condition. While migraines are very common, they can also be as unique as the person experiencing them. This includes what triggers an episode. Here are 5 migraine trigger types and a natural way to get relief.

Migraine Trigger Categories

Since there are so many individual triggers, here are some common ones separated into categories:

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  1. Weather – This is a tough trigger type to deal with because it can’t be avoided, but at least one may be able to predict a migraine if extreme humidity, barometric pressure, or temperature changes are in the forecast.
  2. Environmental – Avoiding certain types of lighting, strong smells, pollution, and other environmental triggers can be important.
  3. Lifestyle – Sometimes a person may inflict more frequent migraines on oneself by skipping meals, not sleeping enough, exposing oneself to stress, or getting into bad habits like smoking or overdrinking.  
  4. Medication – If you think a prescription medication is causing migraines, talk to the doctor who prescribed it. Over-the-counter medications that people use for migraines can actually cause migraines if taken too frequently.
  5. Hormones – Fluctuations in hormone levels have been connected to more frequent migraines which may explain why women experience about 3 times more migraines than men. Menstruation, menopause, and pregnancy are common triggers.

You may also have certain foods that trigger a migraine, especially if you have an allergy or sensitivity. However, in most studies, food triggers are uncommon. If you find that a certain food or drink increases the frequency of your migraines, it’s best to alter your diet accordingly.

Long-Term Relief from Migraines

Of course, avoiding triggers only reduces the frequency of attacks. This does not address the underlying cause. For many, a misalignment of the top bones of the neck is the underlying problem. An upper cervical chiropractor can help you to get those bones back into alignment using a low force correction. These long-lasting adjustments have helped many to find long-term relief from migraines. To learn more, schedule a no-obligation consultation today.


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