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What’s With These Migraines, Anyway?

MIgraines, Headache, Headaches, MigrainesHow Your Brain Reacts to Migraines

Migraines should not be a part of your life. They are not normal. So, why do they occur? Many times, there is a misalignment of the spinal column found in the top two vertebrae, called the upper cervical spine. If this happens, changes occur in the flow of cerebral spinal fluid (CFS) and blood to the brain. When this happens, your brain tissue is not getting what it needs. Until the underlying cause of your migraines is diagnosed and addressed, you must avoid activities that may trigger a migraine episode. There are dietary habits and activities that have been linked to causing migraines. What are these?


  • Dairy
  • Some fruits (citrus, avocado, bananas)
  • Baked goods
  • Onions
  • Chocolate
  • Processed foods, including food that is marinated, pickled, or fermented
  • Nuts and seeds, including peanuts
  • MSG – monosodium glutamate
  • Meats containing nitrates (cured meats, bacon, salami, hot dogs)
  • Tyramine (found in certain beans, chicken liver, aged cheeses, smoked fish, figs, and red wine)

Outside Influences:

  • Anxiety or stress
  • Alcohol
  • Perfumes or other strong odors
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Skipping meals
  • Loud noises
  • Birth control (changes in hormonal levels)
  • Menstrual cycle (also causes changes in hormonal levels)
  • Caffeine withdrawal
  • Smoking, or breathing second-hand smoke

This is just a list of some of the factors that can lead to migraines. How can you determine what your triggers are?

A Migraine Journal Is the Key

Start out by keeping a journal of the foods you eat. This is a good first step in the healing process. Also, take note of what is happening around you when a migraine comes on, so you can try to avoid these activities. This is very important.

What is the next step? Seeking care from an upper cervical chiropractor, such as those found at UC Life Chiropractic Centre in Victoria, British Columbia. The doctors here can examine your upper neck vertebrae to see if misalignments are causing your migraines. Once these are corrected, you can look forward to less frequent migraines or even no migraines at all. Why not contact them today for an assessment?

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Dr. Ankur Tayal and Dr Matthew Kittleson of UC Life Chiropractic Centre in downtown Victoria, British Columbia are Victoria Chiropractors and Upper Cervical Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Saanich, Esquimalt and Vancouver Island. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, vertigo and dizziness, numbness and tingling and more. More information can be found on their website at


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