Migraines during Pregnancy can Increase Stroke Risk

A study from Duke University Medical Center looked at the connection between migraines during pregnancy and an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. Study authors started with the assumption that women who have migraines tend to also have vascular disease. And if you are at risk for one (migraines) or the other (cardiovascular disease), then you should be working to modify, control, or reduce your risk factors while pregnant. The study looked at pregnancy discharge data for nearly seventeen million American women over a four year period (2000-2003). Out of those seventeen million women, nearly thirty-four thousand women had … Continue reading

Treat Migraines with a Visit to the Chiropractor?

Modern science has a lot of different ideas about what causes migraines. One recent study looked at the relationship between migraines, vision loss, and blood vessels. Another popular theory is that migraines result from a chemical imbalance in the brain and can be set off by a “trigger” — like a particular food or hormone. Some chiropractors believe that there are types of migraine that develop as a result of a subluxation — a misalignment of the vertebrae in the spine. A subluxation can irritate and inflame the nerves that travel to the brain, making a person more prone to … Continue reading

Fight Tension Headaches with Facial Stretches

When a tension headache strikes, you may be able to relieve some of the pressure with some facial stretching. Try this: Lift and relax eyebrows. Open both eyes wide and lift both eyebrows, like you’re really surprised. Then relax and let your eyes and eyebrows drop down again. The one-eyebrow salute. This one might take some practice — hold one eyebrow in place with your fingers and lift the other. Then switch! Squint your eyes, then relax. Repeat a few times, then squint one eye at a time, leaving the other relaxed. Try to squeeze your eyes hard enough that … Continue reading