Migraines are a neurological condition that often leaves their sufferers with little hope of finding help. Around the world, a billion people suffer from this condition, causing them to miss out on social, family, and work activities. This can lead to depression and anxiety. How do these people cope with the pain of migraines?
It seems like the fastest and easiest route to care for a migraine is to grab the nearest bottle of over-the-counter pills, such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or Tylenol. Others may opt for special migraine medications that are sold over-the-counter and consist of aspirin, Tylenol, and caffeine. It is important to be aware, however, that each of these medications comes with serious side effects, and long term use can lead to further problems. Some issues due to long term use are ulcers, rebound headaches, or gastrointestinal bleeding.
Prescription medications include drugs in the triptan class. This includes Imitrex, taken in the form of injection, tablet, or nasal spray. It works by constricting the blood vessels and, in turn, blocking pathways in the brain. Some side effects include nausea, dizziness, and muscle weakness.
Many patients are beginning to seek out natural ways to care for their migraines and other health conditions. One area seeing great success in caring for migraines is upper cervical chiropractic care.
How Migraines are Helped by Upper Cervical Care
Migraines have been connected to a misalignment in the bones of the upper cervical spine, specifically the C1 and C2 vertebrae. If a problem exists here, the brainstem takes on a lot of the stress. This leads to a number of things, mainly a miscommunication between the brain and body. Blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow can also be interrupted by misaligned vertebrae.
Here, at Zehr Chiropractic in Norton Shores, Michigan, we use a gentle method to help the bones to realign naturally. This is often all that is needed to restore communication, regulate blood flow, and bring relief from migraines – often in only one or two visits.
if you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.