Migraines are challenging to cope with. They often leave doctors scratching their heads trying to find the right solution for their patients. Generally, prescription medications are suggested and maybe even surgery in severe cases. Lately, however, doctors and patients alike are looking to find more natural, safe, and long-lasting alternatives.
Why Migraines Happen
For some unknown reason, those who suffer from migraines have very sensitive brains. When the brain becomes overstimulated for one reason or another, a migraine is the end result. The Huffington Post had a recent article that suggested avoiding the following possible triggers:
- Artificial sweeteners
- Red wine
- Emotional stress
- Hormone imbalances
Avoiding these triggers may actually lessen the number of migraines a person experiences. While this is great advice, it still does not address the root cause of migraine headaches (and some common triggers are certainly tougher to avoid than others).
Migraines and Improper Neck Alignment
A study was performed involving 37 migraine patients (along with 64 headache patients). They were all found to have misalignments in the upper neck and received adjustments from an upper cervical chiropractor. Each of them reported seeing a major decrease in intensity and frequency of their migraines after only one or two adjustments. 27 of the migraine patients saw their migraines go away completely.
Why is this the case? A misalignment in the C1 or atlas vertebra can be the culprit behind migraines. This type of misalignment puts undue stress on the brainstem and impedes blood flow to and from the brain. These circumstances can cause migraines to take place.
At Precision Spinal Care, we use a gentle method called NUCCA to correct this misalignment and bring the body back into proper alignment. This is often the only thing needed to see an end to the pain of migraines.