Migraines can certainly sap a person’s strength. It is estimated that as many as 1 in every 10 people suffer from migraines, with women experiencing them more often than men. 1 in every 5 women 25 to 55 years of age get migraines.
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Migraines are difficult to diagnose and even harder to care for. What works for one person, does not work for another as migraines are as unique as the people who have them. In the United States, 38 million report having migraines. Doctors often recommend imaging techniques that are inconclusive and expensive.
Coping with Migraines Naturally
- Regular, moderate exercise
- Controlling stress and anxiety
- Eating a balanced diet
- Avoiding food and situations that act as triggers
- Getting enough sleep – 7 to 8 hours per night is recommended
Doing the above will help keep the central nervous system in balance and may reduce the intensity and frequency of migraines.
How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Helps Migraines
I have been specifically trained to look for tiny misalignments in the upper neck vertebrae. These are often the underlying cause of migraine headaches. It only takes a misalignment of ¼ of a millimeter to cause numerous problems throughout the body. The C1 vertebra—also known as the atlas—is often the culprit. If it becomes misaligned due to a minor accident or any type of trauma to the head or neck, it places pressure on the brainstem. In turn, this hinders communication to and from the brain and body and causes the nervous system to malfunction.
By using a gentle technique that does not require me to pop or twist the spine, the bones of the spine can move back into alignment naturally. The body can then begin to heal the damage done and repair communication to and from the brain and body. If often only takes one or two adjustments to see the end to migraines.
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