Those suffering from migraines should never feel they are alone. As many as 1 in every 10 people are dealing with migraines, with 18% of women between the ages of 25-55 (the most affected demographic) being a part of that number. An estimated 12 million of those living in the USA receive treatment for their migraine pain every year. Testing done to rule out a more serious condition can be quite expensive and can provide no helpful answers. Migraines are difficult to cope with and even more difficult to diagnose. A treatment that works is elusive for many.
Traditional medicine has its limits when it comes to migraines. Many, including medical doctors, are looking for a more natural means to treat this condition. One thing doctors are suggesting to their patients are lifestyle changes, such as the following:
- Regular, moderate exercise has been shown to help reduce headaches.
- Getting good nutrition and avoiding any trigger foods.
- Making sure to get enough rest. Between 7 and 8 hours of sleep per night is recommended.
- Getting control of and reducing anxiety and stress.
If done, these things can work with the nervous system to keep it in balance. When the nervous system is working properly, migraines occur much less often. But, what if a person has tried all of this and still is suffering from migraines?
Migraines: The Upper Cervical Connection
Many are looking to and finding success in upper cervical chiropractic care. This is because we understand how important it is to have a properly functioning nervous system. Many times, a misalignment in the uppermost neck vertebra, called the C1 or atlas, can put undue pressure on the nervous system causing it not to work in the correct way. Signals become distorted coming to and from the brain and body. Cerebral spinal fluid and blood flow to and from the brain and body are hindered. This causes migraine headaches.
We use a very gentle, yet precise method to correct the atlas bone. It is individualized for each patient and only given when needed. Once corrected, the body begins to heal itself, and many have reported a decrease in migraine symptoms. Often, migraines go away entirely in as little as 1 -2 adjustments.
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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at http://www.livingwellmn.com/