What causes a migraine?
Migraines can be caused by a variety of factors—it really depends on the individual. What is generally understood is that migraines are related to the central nervous system, and when something is “off” with this body system, migraines can result.
Stress can be a significant triggering factor for migraines. This stress can be psychological, or it can be physical. Exposure to screens, prolonged time outdoors, sun exposure, and physical exertion can all trigger migraines. With regard to psychological stress, triggers that can cause migraines include anxiety, conflict, long work hours, and the use of stimulants and other substances.
The Central Nervous System & Migraines
The central nervous system, which contains the brain and the spinal cord, is closely associated with migraines. The central nervous system can be disrupted by subluxations in the spine. Subluxations occur when a joint moves out of alignment. In the spine, this can occur at any point from the top of the spine to the base.
Subluxations (misalignments) can happen very easily, and many (if not most) people are dealing with subluxations on a regular basis. A subluxation can occur at any point in the lifetime, including to kids. They can be a result of sudden movements, prolonged positions or sitting or standing, exercise, injuries, car accidents, and other lifestyle factors.
If you’ve been suffering with migraines and have ever experienced back or neck pain, or experienced a fall, athletic injury, or car accident, there is a strong possibility that you could be experiencing one or more subluxations. Subluxations that occur in the cervical spine (the neck) are particularly common in patients who experience regular migraines.