During the average menstrual cycle, women can often be plagued by a range of symptoms, but one of the most frustrating is a menstrual migraine. MacGregor et al. conducted a study of 155 women and examined their migraine symptoms during their menstrual cycles. These debilitating headaches were found to be 2.5 times more common during the first three days of menstruation compared to any other time of the month and were reported by subjects to be, on average, over 3 times greater in severity than those occurring on non-menstrual days.
What is it that makes a menstrual migraine so different from a common migraine? During menstruation, a woman's estrogen levels naturally drop as a normal hormonal response. It is believed that in women with these severe migraines, the body may be unable to adapt properly when the estrogen levels drop too low or too quickly. While medications are available to artificially balance these hormone levels, many are seeking a natural option to address the root cause of this unpleasant condition. For these women, the key to relief may be found in an unexpected place.
How Is My Spine Related To My Migraines?
Your spine is designed to protect your spinal cord, which is essential for proper bodily function - it sends messages to and from your brain. When the top bone in your spine (atlas) is out of proper alignment, it can create pressure in the brainstem and upper spinal cord area. This pressure distorts the messages being sent along the spinal cord. This may result in facial or head pain, muscle spasms, or other migraine symptoms.
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The upper cervical procedure is designed to correct atlas misalignment in a gentle, precise manner. This allows proper nerve messages to travel to and from the brain, and clinically has been shown time and time again to reduce and in most cases eliminate migraine symptoms.
Bernard et al. described a case report of a 16-year-old girl who presented with chronic migraine headaches. She complained of having migraines of 2-3 hours duration 1-2 times per week. After 16 visits with 5 atlas corrections, her migraine frequency and duration significantly decreased. She reported only having mild migraines 2-4 times per month.
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