Migraine is one of the most common pain conditions that can be extremely debilitating. According to the American Migraine Foundation (AMF), this neurological disease affects 1 billion people globally and 39 million people in the United States alone. According to Migraine Research Foundation (MRF), migraine is the 3rd most prevalent and the 6th most disabling disease in the world.
The pain from migraine headaches can last several days, and the intensity can be so severe that it interferes with your normal life. While the treatment typically includes pain-relieving medications and therapies, they have severe side effects. Upper cervical chiropractic, on the other hand, provides a natural, safe and drug-free approach to migraine headaches.
Migraine headache is characterized by severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head. The pain can vary in intensity and the frequency of attacks can also differ from person to person. Some experience attacks a few times a year, while those having chronic migraines may have 15 or more headache days per month. The pain is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound.
Some people may experience an aura before or during the headache. Migraines with aura can have symptoms, such as visual disturbances - flashing lights, blind spots; difficulty speaking; numbness, or tingling on one side of the face.
Despite several years of research, the exact cause of migraine headaches is still not completely understood. However, scientists believe they may be related to chemical imbalances or changes in the brain. Any abnormalities or distortions in the nerve pathways can also cause migraine episodes.
Other triggers might include family history, hormonal changes, dietary factors, certain medications, emotional triggers, poor posture, physical overexertion, inadequate sleep, and shoulder and neck tension.
Migraine headaches are chronic and cannot be cured. But they can be managed and improved with the right treatment approach. Some abortive and preventive medications are prescribed for relieving migraine pain but their long-term use can cause serious side effects.
Moreover, they can also become ineffective at one point. Thus, many people often seek alternative treatment modalities that are safe and natural.
Yes, most types of headaches, including migraine headaches, can effectively be treated with upper cervical chiropractic care. Recent studies have found a connection between chronic headaches and the upper neck.
The base of your skull connects to the two vertebrae in the cervical spine - Atlas and Axis. These are the most freely moving bones in the entire spine that not only give you a range of motion, but also supports mind-body communication. A misalignment of these vertebrae is called subluxation. The subluxation can happen if you’ve endured a blow to your head or neck.
A mild trauma or injury to the neck due to slip, trip, fall, or whiplash can also result in misalignment, which puts pressure on the brain stem and limits the flow of nerve impulses in your body. It can also restrict blood circulation and cerebrospinal fluid flow. All these disruptions can result in migraine headaches.
Upper cervical chiropractic works for chronic headaches because it targets the root cause of the problem directly. It gently realigns the two bones and puts them back into place to release any pressure between the brainstem, spinal cord, and surrounding muscles. When all interferences in the neurological pathway are removed, the proper functioning of the nervous system is restored, which helps to improve or even completely eliminate migraine headaches.
Before adjustment, your chiropractor uses a number of physical exams and chiropractic tests to evaluate the alignment of your head and neck and how that affects your spinal health. If a misalignment is detected, your chiropractor will make a more precise determination of the angle and direction of the misaligned vertebrae using x-rays and other precise scans. These assessments allow us to create a unique and personalized treatment plan for your migraine headaches.
The chiropractor will then gently make corrections using a hands-on approach or specialized adjustment instrument to put the misaligned vertebrae back into place and facilitate the body to use its own natural powers to heal the condition. Many have reported seeing an improvement in their headaches after only a few corrections.
Many people are afraid of chiropractic techniques that involve cracking, pulling, or twisting on the neck and spine. You’ll be glad to know that our chiropractors don’t work like this. They follow a gentle realignment procedure that only targets the upper cervical region and not the entire spine. So, there is no pain associated with upper cervical chiropractic care.
There are two main types of migraine headaches: migraine with aura and migraine without aura. Upper cervical chiropractic care can help with both.
Migraine with Aura: Also called classic migraine, this type of headache involves visual disturbances like shapes, lines, or flashing lights. You could also feel tingling in your face, arms, and legs. Aura usually starts before the headache begins and lasts up to an hour. Other symptoms associated with this type of migraine include muscle weakness, speech or language difficulty, loss of smell or taste.
Migraine without Aura: Most people have migraines without aura, also called common migraine. It causes moderate to severe throbbing pain on one side of the head, which gets worse with physical activity. If left untreated, the headache can last 4 to 72 hours.
Don’t let migraine headaches steal your peace and joy! If you are tired of taking medications that aren’t helping and looking for an effective alternative treatment for migraine headaches, then let us help you.
Visit our treatment facility in Dacula, Georgia, or contact our friendly team to discuss your case. Our trained and licensed upper cervical chiropractor will provide you with a drug-free migraine headache treatment, and restore your wellness.
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