The Top 5 Causes of Migraines and How to Prevent Them

2018-03-19T15:33:05+00:00 April 3rd, 2014|Head and Neck, Pain Management|

The pain of a migraine is all too common to Americans. According to, almost 40 million people in the United States experience migraines, with some studies suggesting that migraines are experienced by 13% of American adults. Those most affected by migraines are Caucasians and more than 70% have a family member who also suffers.  Additionally, women are three times more likely to suffer from migraines.

5 Most Common Migraine Triggers

The most obvious DIY way to combat migraines is by avoiding triggers — foods and other lifestyle elements that tend to precipitate migraines. Here are five of those common triggers, courtesy of Joy Bauer, so you can prevent migraine from interrupting your life:

  1. Dietary triggers – Common foods known to trigger migraines include chocolate, aged cheese, and processed meat. Drinks that are often problematic include red wine and coffee.
  2. Emotions – Intense emotions can trigger migraines as well, particularly when stress is involved. Stress causes our muscles to contract and our hormones to adjust, both factors leading to a higher chance of migraine.
  3. Hormonal shifts – Probably the primary reason that women experience migraines so much more commonly than men do is the menstrual cycle’s effect on the body’s hormonal balance. The menstrual migraine usually strikes either right before the start of a period or in its first few days.
  4. Lights and noises – Anything that overloads the senses can be a trigger for migraine as well. These excessively stimulating sensations include particularly pungent smells, harsh sounds, and bright lights (photosensitivity).
  5. Exercise and lifestyle alterations – Exercise is, of course, generally positive to health. However, migraines can be triggered by strenuous workouts that are beyond your body’s comfort zone. Regular changes to the hours during which you work or sleep also cause physiological adjustments that can result in migraines.

Nerve blocks & trigger point therapy

migraine reliefBeyond avoiding triggers, professional practitioners can help with alleviating short-term pain and developing long-term approaches to reduce migraine frequency and severity. Two forms of treatment are particularly effective at treating migraine are the Sphenopalatine Ganglion (SPG)nerve block and focused trigger point therapy.

  • SPG Nerve Block- As part of the MiRx™ Protocol a nerve block stops the pain within minutes.  By using a FDA cleared nasal applicator medical device to perform a nasal spray that targets a specific nerve cluster that controls head pain.  This nerve block conditions the nerve’s response to pain and provides nearly instant pain relief.
  • Trigger Point Therapy-  A specialized focused massage therapy that targets inflamed muscle bundles commonly referred to as “knots.”  By focusing on the release of this tension, stress headaches and migraine triggers are reduced thus preventing chronic migraine and headache episodes.

To experience what a team of medical professionals can do for you and your migraine pain, contact Pain Stop Clinics today. Using the most advanced technologies and efficacious treatment protocols, we can help you regain your quality of life.