Migraine headaches are a global epidemic with 46% of people worldwide suffering from them. They are extremely debilitating and hard to treat. Generally, when we feel pain, our body is trying to tell us something is wrong. For example, if a child touched a hot stove and did not feel the pain, they would just continue to get burned. However, migraines, while producing pain, do not warn of anything. Headaches, on the other hand, might indicate that we are dehydrated, having caffeine withdrawals, or a number of other things. But it seems that migraines just happen. What do we know about them?
What is a Migraine?
Migraines are a neurological disorder that have many symptoms. A headache is actually only one symptom. Some others are nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and fatigue. Migraines happen when there is not enough oxygen in the brain. A connection can be made between migraines and a misalignment in the C1/C2 vertebrae in the upper neck (cervical spine). This misalignment can hinder the flow of blood and oxygen to and from the brain. Because of instability in the cervical spine, the brainstem is at risk for injury.
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What Can Be Done?
Upper cervical chiropractors have had much success in treating migraine headaches. These chiropractors are trained in detecting and correcting misalignments in the upper cervical spine. Dr. Craig Lapenski of Graham, Washington is an upper cervical chiropractor who will examine your neck to see if you have any misalignments. Even if it as small as ¼ of a millimeter, a misalignment can be the underlying cause of your migraines. Dr. Lapenski can then begin to use a gentle and effective treatment to restore proper blood flow and oxygen to your brain. You will see a decrease in symptoms, and your migraines may go away altogether. Why not schedule your assessment today?
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