Migraines are very a very common condition. In the United States, out of every 6 women, 1 has to cope with migraines. This can limit you in so many ways. It impacts your social, family, and work environment. It can make you cautious of committing to anything out of fear of when the next migraine episode will occur.
What Triggers Migraines?
Here is a brief list of some common triggers for migraines:
- Changes in hormone levels in women
- Being under stress
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Certain foods or chemicals – MSG, caffeine, citrus fruit, aged cheese
- Not eating often enough, leading to low blood sugar
If you suffer from migraines, it is a good idea to avoid these triggers if at all possible. This may provide you with fewer migraines overall. However, if you are looking for a long-term, lasting solution, the underlying cause of migraines must be addressed. What is this?
Proper Spinal Alignment and Migraines
Dr. Erin Elster, an upper cervical chiropractor, reported on a case study of a 35-year-old woman who had daily tension headaches and migraines. She had been dealing with these for 12 years. She began getting care from an upper cervical chiropractor, and within 3 months, her migraines were entirely gone.
How does upper cervical chiropractic help migraines? There is a link established between migraines and a misalignment in the bones of the upper cervical spine. The C1 and C2 are susceptible to moving out of place with even a mild blow to the head or neck. If they are misaligned, pressure is placed on the brainstem, causing it to send improper signals to the brain (one scenario that can create a migraine). Another possibility is that the misalignment in the neck can be reducing the flow of blood to and from the brain, causing a migraine to occur.
Here at Arc of Life Family Spinal Care, we employ a method that is both gentle and precise to target the area of the misalignment, encouraging the bones to move back into place without popping or cracking the neck. This often leads to fewer migraines or an elimination of them entirely.