Someone suffering from migraine headaches will readily admit to their inconvenience and debilitating pain. Migraines can affect a person’s daily routine and always seem to come on at the worst time possible. In the USA, an estimated 35 million people deal with migraines, 27 million of them female.
What do migraines involve? Generally, they begin with an aura and/or a pounding in the top area of the head. Migraine sufferers also experience tinnitus (ringing in the ears), changes in vision, nausea, and vomiting. Medical doctors are at a loss as to how to treat this condition. Migraines are as different as the person experiencing them while treatment remains generic. Among these are heavy-duty prescription medicines and avoidance of trigger foods such as wine, chocolate, food additives, and caffeine.
Some doctors have begun to treat the individual as a whole, rather than focusing on treating the symptoms of migraines. The fact is that many medications used to treat migraines can, over time, lead to more intense headache pain. One neurologist from Harvard developed a treatment plan that gets the migraine patient off of the medications they are on. Doctors and patients, alike, are looking for natural remedies to treat migraines.
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An area of treatment that is finding success in treating migraines is upper cervical chiropractic care. Often, the atlas bone (the C1 vertebra) is found to be misaligned in people suffering from migraines. By treating this underlying cause, a reduction in migraine headaches has been noted in many patients. A study showed that after just one or two adjustments to the upper cervical neck, many patients have had complete resolution of their headaches.
When the atlas bone is out of alignment, this causes problems with the brainstem. The brainstem is contained in the spinal column. Therefore, a problem affecting this part of the brain leads to neurological and vascular issues. This can be the reason for migraines. Once a person seeks upper cervical care, and the atlas bone is gently put back into alignment according to the needs of each particular patient, the result is often a reduction in severity and occurrences of migraines. As mentioned above, migraines can go away altogether.
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- Elster EL. Upper cervical chiropractic care for a patient with chronic migraine headaches with an appendix summarizing an additional 100 headache cases. J Vert Sublux Res 2003;AUG(3):1-10
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