Migraines can often be cared for by lying down in a cool, dark room and resting. However, the time that it takes to feel like one’s self again can be days or even weeks. Daily routines and work schedules are often interrupted by the pain of a migraine. The Merck Manual lists migraines as the most common recurring headache.
In the United States, headaches rank 3rd on the list of reasons for seeking chiropractic care. This may cause one to wonder what causes a headache to occur and what can be done for it? Many professionals also wonder why migraines happen. They do know that this condition is neurovascular in nature and it is linked to a problem with the brainstem. Since the C1 and C2 vertebrae have the responsibility of protecting the brainstem, they must be closely examined. A misalignment in either of these bones can put undue pressure on the brainstem causing it to not function at its peak.
Recommended care for migraines may include the following:
- Hormone therapy
- Herbal remedies
- Pain medication
Since the root cause of a migraine is not being addressed, it will likely return even if any of these do help ease the pain. Symptom relief, while sometimes necessary to get through an episode, is not effective long term.
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Addressing the Underlying Cause of Migraines
At Haan Family Chiropractic, we take a different approach in helping patients. First, we examine the upper neck to find any misalignment that may exist. It only takes a ¼ of a millimeter misalignment to wreak havoc on the entire body. This can often be connected to the pain of migraine headaches.
By using a gentle, effective technique to help readjust the bones of the neck, migraines may be reduced in severity or eliminated altogether. Once the upper cervical spine is properly aligned, blood flow and nerve function can be restored. Many patients in case studies report seeing great success.
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