Migraines are debilitating to those who suffer from them and can lead them to miss out on some of the things they enjoy most in life. When someone thinks about a headache, he may automatically think that the pain originates in the head. However, research has revealed that the pain may actually start in the neck area. A famous quote from the Journal of the American Medical Association states that headaches are actually a pain in the neck.
This may cause someone to ask, then, why do pain medications for headaches focus on numbing the head pain? That is a very good question. One reason that so many people continue to take these medications is that they work fast. If you are suffering a migraine, you want relief and want it now! However, there is an option available that gets to the source of the pain and may prevent a person from having future attacks. We will discuss this a little later. Now let’s take a quick look at migraine medication and its side effects.
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Common migraine medications include Maxalt, Imitrex, Zomig, and Relpax. These medications come with the following side effects:
- Tingling, burning, and other abnormal sensations
- Abdominal pain
- Throat, neck, and jaw pain
Where to Find Long Lasting Relief from Migraines
It has been noted that a misalignment in either the C1 or C2 vertebra may lead to migraines. This is because these bones can place pressure on the brainstem if they are out of place. This hinders blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow and communication to and from the brain and body. Even if the misalignment is as small as ¼ of a millimeter, it can wreak havoc on a number of systems throughout the body.
At Advanced Spinal Washington, we use a gentle technique with patients to help realign the neck bones. It is painless and does not require cracking or popping of the spine as in general chiropractic. Once a misalignment is corrected, the body can begin to work at its optimum, and migraines may become a thing of the past.
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