For those who suffer migraines, the main priority is often the immediate relief of symptoms, as the condition can have a huge impact on a quality of life, as well as mental wellbeing.
Occasionally there are warning signs, such as auras, or flashes of light, but more people are now experiencing what’s called a “common migraine.” In these cases, there are no symptoms that suggest a migraine is on its way.
A recent study found that the rate of migraines in a group of patients rose from 12.1% to 13.2% just 11 years later. If you consider that rate of increase against the US population alone, that stands to mean more than 3 million new migraine sufferers within the next decade.
Because of the nature of the condition, and because people don’t know when they will experience a headache, patients often take over-the-counter and prescription painkillers to alleviate symptoms in the immediate term.
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Hope for Patients Stuck in a Circle of Pain and Medication?
However, taking drugs doesn’t tackle the source of the problem. It only relieves the pain temporarily, with the knowledge that migraines will strike again in the future. So is there any hope for patients stuck in a circle of pain and medication?
Upper Cervical Chiropractic for Migraines, the answer is yes! Because migraines are a neurological condition, the headache itself may only be one symptom. Many neurological conditions are caused by problems with the central nervous system and brainstem. This is one reason an upper cervical chiropractor may be able to help relieve symptoms and even prevent further migraines.
By examining a patient’s upper neck vertebrae, the chiropractor will be able to spot misalignment that may be preventing a person’s brain communicating with their body. Once these upper bones are moved back into their correct positions, the body will start receiving the right signals to ensure proper functioning, which should alleviate migraine symptoms.
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