Saturday, my beautiful soulmate Amy awoke with a migraine headache. It was a beautiful fall morning in Montana, and we had plans to spend the day exploring the many trails at Glacier National Park, building a bonfire and cooking dinner over an open flame. We were all very excited when we planned the outing several days prior. But that morning, as Amy moved out from the blankets, I could see the pained look on her face that told me something wasn’t right. I made her a cup of coffee, hoping that she was just groggy from the busy week at the office. When she said she had a throbbing in her head and felt nauseous, I knew from past experience what was to come.
Having a headache is bad- but having a migraine headache is debilitating! Sometimes they can cause severe pain and discomfort for hours, and can last as long as several days. Although migraines can affect each person differently, some of the common symptoms associated with a migraine are: light headedness, sensitivity to light, nausea or vomiting, distorted vision, irritability and sore scalp muscles. When Amy was in the beginning stages of her migraine, there was nothing that I wouldn’t do to help rescue her from such an awful experience- Luckily; I knew just what to do!
The Center for Disease Control reports that 25% or 1 in 4 women are afflicted with migraines on a regular basis. Women are more likely to have a migraine headache from the age of 12 to 40, and then declines as you get older. This day and age, many households are supported by two working adults- migraines have a significant financial cost associated with the loss of work and productivity. The price tag of migraines is approximately $13-17 billion annually, which equals 112 million bed ridden days per year. So when you or your significant other is suffering from this debilitating condition, you are not only losing time away from work, but your losing precious time away from your family, and time away from the millions of other things you’d rather be doing! How are your “headaches” affecting you? How are they affecting your family? Your marriage? Your finances?
I may have just the solution for you! And it won’t cost you billions of dollars – and it just may help your relationships at home and at work! Some recommendations you need to implement in your life are #1 – Keep a sleep schedule as regular as possible, and avoid over sleeping and under sleeping. Sleep helps reduce stress, reduces inflammation and is the time when your body is repairing itself from the day to day trauma’s we put it through. #2 – Avoid skipping meals but keep it clean! Fasting and eating foods high in refined sugars can trigger headaches or migraines. Delaying meals too long can cause your blood sugar levels to drop too low which can trigger your migraine. #3 Manage your stress! Make sure you are getting at least 20 minutes of activity a day. Exercising and other physical activities causes your body to produce endorphins which are chemicals in the brain that can act like natural pain killers! Physical activity will also help you sleep better, which helps reduce stress.
Now I saved the best for last- #4 - Going to your favorite chiropractor can help prevent or drastically reduce the frequency of the migraines! Chiropractic is the worlds best kept secret. In my office, my goal is to restore the proper motion, improve spinal function and remove interferences from the nervous system. When you have a misalignment and dysfunction of one of the bones in your spine, this can compromise the normal functioning of your nerves and can significantly trigger headaches or migraines, among other health conditions. I correct these misalignments or subluxations with a very gentle, specific, adjustment. Our office is specifically trained to deliver the most gentle and effective care. There’s no popping or cracking in this office!! Most patients in our office notice immediate relief following their first adjustment, but sometimes it takes a little longer for others to respond, depending on a number of factors.
Well, we didn’t make it up to Glacier National Park on Saturday like we had planned. As Amy puked in the bathroom, I ran to my office to get my special adjusting tool. I found my wife lying on the bed in the fetal position in horrible agony. As she lay there, I gently felt the bones and muscles in her neck and immediately found the cause of her problems. With gentle precision, I adjusted the tiny misaligned bones in Amy’s neck. There wasn’t an immediate relief of pain, but the adjustment was just what her body needed to get back to normal. She was able to fall asleep and her body did the rest. Several hours later, her migraine subsided into a “normal” headache. By the afternoon, she was almost back to normal. We made it to GNP the next morning. All without drugs or surgery! Chiropractic works!!