The Science Behind Migraines and How To Prevent Them

Affecting upwards of 15% of the global population, migraines are an all-too-common condition that can be severely debilitating. Wile each and every case is unique, they often begin with a light throbbing but become progressively worse over time. And to make matters worse, traditional painkillers and headache remedies fail to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with migraines. So, what causes migraines and how can you prevent them?

The term “migraine” is used to describe a chronic neurological disease in which moderate-to-severe headaches reoccur. The good news is that most cases of migraines are not life-threatening. The bad news, however, is that it can severely affect a person’s quality of life. As noted by the World Health Organization, headache disorders such as migraines can affect a person’s social life, employment and finances.

Headache disorders impose a recognizable burden on sufferers including sometimes substantial personal suffering, impaired quality of life and financial cost. Repeated headache attacks, and often the constant fear of the next one, damage family life, social life and employment. The long-term effort of coping with a chronic headache disorder may also predispose the individual to other illnesses. For example, depression is three times more common in people with migraine or severe headaches than in healthy individuals,” wrote the World Health Organization (WHO).

Now for the million-dollar question: what causes migraines? Unfortunately, this is a question that remains largely answered at this time. However, the general consensus among those in the medical profession is that migraines are the result of a combination of both environmental and genetic factors, which makes sense considering the fact that roughly two thirds of migraines run in families. In other words, if people in your family suffer from migraines, there’s a greater chance that you will too.

There are some steps you can take to reduce your risk of migraines, one of which is to maintain a healthy diet. While there’s no concrete evidence, some experts believe that excess sugar and sodium can trigger migraines. Seeking the services of a professional chiropractor may also help to prevent migraine and/or reduce the severity of them. Chiropractors can treat subluxations within the body, which could be a trigger for migraines.

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