Spinal Disorders and Migraines

Can spine disorders trigger migraine headaches?

In recent years, the medical professionals are increasingly becoming aware of the tendency of spinal disorders in triggering migraines. This is especially very true for neck disorders however recent studies also suggest that back pain can be another contributing factor to migraine headaches.

Chronic irritation of the muscle that is associated to injury or chronic tension as well as osteoarthritis which is the wear-and-tear arthritis of the neck can also trigger migraine attacks in susceptible people. Additionally injuries to the neck are frequently causes of increased duration, frequency and severity of headaches in people who already suffered from migraines before the accident.

It was also reported by researchers in one study that 60% of patients suffering from chronic low back pain, complained of migraine headaches. Only 50% had reported headaches prior to the onset of their low back pain. These headaches were not only muscle tension type but also migraine headaches.

There are also cases whereby several people of both sexes in whom an exacerbation of the chronic low back syndrome was also accompanied by a severe attack of migraine headache.  Neck exercises as well as proper body mechanics in daily activities can greatly help to reduce these types of migraine triggers.  Proper body mechanics are required in daily activities such as:

  • driving posture
  • walking posture
  • sitting posture
  • sleeping posture
  • prolonged standing technique
  • usage of the telephone
  • getting out of bed
  • getting off the couch
  • getting in and out of a car
  • getting in and out of a confined space
  • getting off the floor
  • kneeling position
  • lifting and transporting techniques