Migraines cause more than pain in the head. They can also add a huge financial burden to the one suffering and the economy in general. Annually, 12 million people make appointments to see their primary care doctor due to headaches. What does this cost? It is estimated that $31 billion is lost every year due to missed days of work and inability to perform work duties because of headaches. This is even more true for those coping with migraines. Although migraines are usually grouped with other headache types, it is important to understand they are actually a neurological issue.
It has been revealed through recent research that the first course of action from medical professionals seems to be ordering expensive MRIs and CT scans for those suffering from migraines. Fewer people are getting inexpensive lifestyle recommendations that could prove effective in alleviating migraine symptoms. Some recommended lifestyle changes are:
- Learning to manage stress
- Developing a regular routine for sleep
- Using a migraine diary to help identify and then avoid triggers
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Alternatives to Coping with Migraines
One area that is seeing success in helping migraine patients is that of upper cervical chiropractic care. Here at Advance Upper Cervical Chiropractic, we focus on making sure the top bones of the neck are in alignment. The C1 and C2 vertebrae can become easily misaligned due to their great range of motion. This is often the root cause of migraines because a misalignment here can place pressure on the brainstem and hinder blood flow to the brain. Communication can also become distorted. While the medical community struggles to understand why migraines occur, there is a definite link to the function of the nervous system
We use a gentle, precise adjustment aimed at correcting the misalignment of the neck. We do not force or pop the neck, but the method used encourages the bones to move back to their original position naturally. Once done, the damage can be repaired, and normal blood flow and communication can resume. This results in improved life quality for many migraine sufferers. Some see their headaches improve while others see them go away completely.
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