Are You Suffering from Migraines During Your Menstrual Cycle?

Migraines, Headaches, Migraine, Headaches, Children, Natural ReliefMenstrual cycles can be stressful for women who suffer from hormonal migraines. These debilitating headaches can magnify the symptoms present during a menstrual period. MacGregor et al. conducted a study of 155 women who suffer from menstrual migraines and determined the following:

  • They are 2.5 times more common during the first three days of a menstrual period
  • Migraines that occur during the above period are over 3 times greater in severity

On day one of menstruation, estrogen levels may drop too low too quickly, triggering a menstrual migraine. While medications are available to balance these hormone levels, many are seeking a natural option to address the root cause of these painful migraines.
 
How Is My Neck Related to My Menstrual Headaches?
Your spine is designed to protect your spinal cord. Your spinal cord is essential for proper body function –  it sends messages to and from your brain. When the top bone in your spine (atlas) is out of proper alignment, it creates pressure in the spinal cord. This pressure distorts the messages being sent to and from your brain. This may lead to an improper amount and/or rate of estrogen production, potentially leading to migraine symptoms during menstruation.

We are trained in Orthospinology, a gentle chiropractic procedure that detects and corrects atlas misalignments. Orthospinology is a very precise technique. Through specific realignment of the atlas, pressure within the spinal cord is reduced. The brainstem is able to send and receive messages without distortion. This may lead to a reduction of menstrual headache symptoms.

Palmer et al. examined 47 patients with non-migraine headaches. After two weeks of specific atlas chiropractic care (and only one correction), the subjects had a significant reduction in headache pain. They found that after 3-4 months of care, their headache symptoms decreased by 75% on average.

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References:

  1. MacGregor E, Hackshaw A. Prevalence of migraine on each day of the natural menstrual cycle. Neurology [Internet]. 2004 [cited 21 March 2016];63(2):351-353. Available from: http://www.neurology.org/content/63/2/351.short
  1. Brzyski R, Knudtson J. Menstrual Cycle – Women’s Health Issues [Internet]. Merck Manuals Consumer Version. 2015 [cited 21 March 2016]. Available from: http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/women’s-health-issues/biology-of-the-female-reproductive-system/menstrual-cycle
  1. Mayoclinic.org. Headaches and hormones: What’s the connection? – Mayo Clinic [Internet]. 2015 [cited 21 March 2016]. Available from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chronic-daily-headaches/in-depth/headaches/art-20046729
  1. Palmer J, Dickholtz M. Improvement in Radiographic Measurements, Posture, Pain & Quality of Life in Non-migraine Headache Patients Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Retrospective Practice Based Study. Annals Vert Sub Res [Internet]. 2009 [cited 21 March 2016];2009(June):1-11. Available from: http://www.mccoypress.net/annals/docs/2009-1287_nucca.pdf