Those who do not suffer from migraines may not realize how incapacitating they can be. In fact, this condition ranks 6th on the list of the most disabling illnesses in the world. In America, 38 million people are said to have migraines, with 4 million having chronic migraines affecting them for more than 15 days during a month’s time. Migraines are described as severe throbbing or pounding in the head. They can last a few hours or as long as several days.
A Controversial Method of Migraine Relief
Finding a solution that works for migraines is not only frustrating to patients but to doctors as well. The market for migraine medication is getting larger and larger, but people are still not finding long-lasting relief. One area that some have turned to lately is that of using medical marijuana.
This drug is now legal at the state level for medical use in many states (although migraines are not presently recognized as a qualifying condition in Illinois). It works by dulling the pain receptors in the brain. However, it is important to realize that unless the underlying cause of migraines is addressed, they will continue to return. Many are seeking natural, non-invasive, safe relief for their migraines instead of controversial methods. What options are available?
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Alleviating Migraine Pain Through Proper Spinal Alignment
A link has been seen between migraines and a misalignment in the upper neck, particularly the C1 vertebra or atlas. If a misalignment is located here, it can hinder communication between the central nervous system and the body. This is the perfect circumstance for a migraine to ensue, as well as many other health problems.
Here at 1st Place Chiropractic, we specialize in locating these tiny misalignments. We then use a gentle method to help the bones realign naturally, avoiding the need to pop or force the neck into place. A study was done involving 100 headache and migraine patients who received upper cervical chiropractic adjustments. All of them reported seeing a decrease in pain, while some saw their headaches or migraines go away entirely.
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