Have you suffered from a migraine before? Far from just being an inconvenience, these painful and intrusive headaches are a growing problem. Thirty-five million people in the United States suffer from the condition. Over two-thirds of that number are women.
Migraine headaches often start with what is known as an aura. This is the body’s way of warning you that something is about to happen. Auras encompass a wide range of symptoms – from subtle to severe. Things like a ringing in the ear, a throbbing head, and visual disturbances are some examples of what can be experienced during the aura.
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Really, just as every individual is unique, so is every migraine. The issue that presents is that when you look at treatment options, there is little variety. Relief from migraines is, therefore, elusive. Certain generic options can help, but it is rare to have the condition resolved or even well controlled. Research is showing that the pharmaceuticals normally used to treat headaches can, over time, actually worsen them.
In lieu of the foregoing, many doctors are looking for other options when it comes to the treatment of migraines. They are seeking to individualize the treatment in order to make it more effective.
Dr. Kevin Leach of Edmonds, Washington is an upper cervical chiropractor who is also looking at this growing problem from an individual standpoint. He recognizes that migraines are normally the result of other issues. A misalignment of the neck, for instance, can cause vascular and neurological issues that can manifest as migraines.
Often, slight adjustments to the Atlas bone, which is the C1 vertebra, at the top of the neck can resolve a host of conditions including migraines. Clinical studies have shown that this gentle method can completely resolve migraine headache issues with just a couple adjustments.
- Pascal S. New treatment options for migraine relief. http://www.montereyherald.com/health/20150520/new-treatment-options-for- migraine-relief (accessed 22 May 2015).
- Elster EL. Upper cervical chiropractic care for a patient with chronic migraine headaches with an appendix summarizing an additional 100 headache cases. J Vert Sublux Res 2003;AUG(3):1-10
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