women and migraines Precision Spinal Care Laguna Hills chiropractorMigraines are terrible – there’s no arguing with that.  The throbbing headache, nausea, visual changes, and the ‘hangover’ that lasts long after the headache is gone make up some of the most often experienced symptoms of the most common neurological condition in the world. Migraines disproportionately affect about three times as women as men.  In fact, women are statistically more likely than men to experience headaches of any type.

Why might women suffer more than men?

  • Hormonal cycles
  • More excitable brains
  • Weaker jaw muscles (and the tendency to grind and clench teeth)
  • Medication overuse
  • More affected by stress than males

Just because you’re a woman does not mean that you’re doomed to suffer from chronic migraines for the rest of your life.  There is an explanation that is providing both answers and natural relief for many migraine sufferers, female or male.

Looking to the Neck for Relief

Most readily recommended migraine treatments involve some type of medication to keep the pain at bay or to reduce nausea.  While these options might provide temporary relief, they do not address the underlying cause of the problem.  Upper cervical chiropractic is a niche within the profession that looks to a very specific area of the spine – the two vertebrae that sit at the very top of the neck at its junction with the head.  This area is rich with nerves and blood supply, and when one of these vertebrae misalign (even slightly), it can affect blood flow, cerebrospinal fluid flow, and nervous system signaling between the brain and the body.  Leaving this misalignment there will interfere with the body’s ability to function properly and heal.

At Precision Spinal Care, we take a very precise and gentle approach to addressing misalignments in the upper neck.  Knowing that a misalignment in this area can have such a negative impact on overall health, we take great care to analyze and customize care for each of our patients.  In the case of migraines, restoring normal upper cervical alignment can reduce the pressure on the brainstem, which can remove the root cause of your migraines.  Almost everyone knows of a woman in their life who has been suffering from migraines – perhaps this is the answer they’ve been searching for.