A great majority of people will get a headache or a migraine at one time or another in their life. One in every four living in the USA will suffer with chronic headaches, such as migraines, and twelve million visit their primary care physicians due to headaches. Treating headaches costs about thirty-one billion dollars yearly!
A migraine and a headache are two different conditions. A headache is simply a symptom of a migraine. Migraines are described as a sudden, strong, pounding or throbbing headache that usually affects one side of the head and includes nausea, vomiting, and sound and light sensitivity.
While doctors still continue to prescribe prescription drugs, more and more migraine patients are looking for natural treatments. Lifestyle changes can have a big effect on migraine headaches. The Journal of General Internal Medicine recommends that doctors take the time to educate patients on these changes rather than just handing out medication. There are some situations where more is needed than lifestyle changes. What can be done?
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Migraines and Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
Migraines affect a person’s mood, productivity, and ability to handle daily routines. They can last for days in some cases. Dr. Erin Elster did research revealing that in the majority of cases a person having headaches has probably at one time or another had an accident, fall, or trauma to the head and neck before the onset of the migraines. This could have been hours before or even years before. This research also shows that upper cervical chiropractic adjustments can really help with headaches and migraines.
We are specifically trained to detect misalignments in the upper neck area, specifically in the C1 or atlas vertebra. A misalignment here can cause undue pressure to be put on the brainstem. This interferes with signals that are being sent to and from the brain and body, the flow of cerebral spinal fluid and blood to the brain, and the amount of oxygen the brain is getting. These all lead to migraine headaches. Once we correct this misalignment, our patients have reported a definite decrease in headaches. In some cases, their migraines have gone away entirely.
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