Migraines: Not Just Another Bad Headache

Across the United States, more than 38 million people suffer from migraines.  That doesn't just mean another bad headache that's relieved with a couple of aspirin and an hour-long nap.  Migraine episodes are a combination of neurological symptoms, including severe head pain, extreme sensitivity to light, sound, and smell, as well as nausea or vomiting.

Apart from coping with the effects of a migraine episode itself, if you experience migraines, you are at increased risk for other health conditions, including stroke.  Recent research is prompting providers to look at the cardiovascular risks associated with migraines, especially in women.  Migraines that occur with an aura – visual disturbances that can happen either before or during an attack – seem to carry more risk as well.  The link could potentially be found in the brain since both migraines and stroke impact that part of the body.

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Eliminating Migraines Naturally

Most people with migraines do whatever it takes merely to manage their symptoms.  Medications to combat the pain and nausea are oftentimes the first line of defense.  Because of side effects or risk of long-term usage, many migraine sufferers are ready to get to the root cause of the problem and start feeling better for good.

At Arete Chiropractic, we help people alleviate the pain of their migraines by addressing a specific problem found in the spine.  The atlas vertebra, the bone that sits at the very top of the neck and holds up the skull, can cause a variety of health problems.  This is because it protects a vital part of our body's central nervous system, the brainstem.  Pressure on the brainstem from an atlas misalignment can prevent normal blood flow, cerebrospinal fluid flow, and nervous system function.  Any one of these issues can be a contributing factor in the development of migraines. 

If you are just managing your migraines and barely hanging on, then getting checked by an upper cervical chiropractor for an atlas misalignment might be the piece of the puzzle that's been missing.  If that's part of the issue, then all it takes to start getting back on track is a precise and gentle adjustment.

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