Migraines can be extremely difficult to tolerate as their effects can last for days after the pain diminishes. As many as 37 million people in America have migraines. Out of these, between 2 and 3 million have chronic migraines that occur 15 days or more during a month’s time.
Caring for Migraines
Since there is no exact cause that has been discovered as to why migraines occur, they are extremely difficult to care for. Many people live in fear of when the next episode may occur and are reluctant to make any social plans. Medication is available to cover over the symptoms until they subside, but they often come with a variety of dangerous and unwanted side effects. This is leading many to look for more natural ways to cope with their migraines. Some have opted for using exercise as a means to lessen migraine attacks. Things such as indoor cycling are ideal as it is low impact. Others look to essentials oils, such as peppermint, to help alleviate migraines. While these things may prove to be partially effective, unless the underlying cause is addressed, migraines will continue to happen.
Getting at the Root of Migraines
While the exact cause of migraines has not been determined, one thing that is agreed upon is that they are often linked to a misalignment in the bones of the upper cervical spine, particularly the C1 and C2. Upper cervical chiropractors focus on finding these tiny misalignments in the upper neck and then working to correct them. A misalignment here can put stress on the brainstem, causing it to impede the flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid to the brain, which may be the reason for migraines.
Once a misalignment is located via special x-rays and specific measurements, we employ a gentle method to help the bones realign naturally without popping or cracking the spine. This allows for a longer-lasting adjustment and often results in immediate relief of migraines.