Migraines are debilitating for those who suffer from them. Around the world, up to 46% of people have a problem with headaches. In the USA alone, about 37 million people have migraines, the condition affecting women more frequently than men.
Not only do migraines cause one to lose a few hours or even days of life to bed rest, but they also cost the person on a financial level. In some cases, the pain is so extreme that a trip to the emergency department is the only hope for relief. The testing that is done, such as MRIs and CT scans, to rule out other illnesses can be very expensive. Add to that the cost of a variety of prescription drugs, which are not guaranteed to work in all cases and come with harsh side-effects, and different procedures, including surgery, all to alleviate migraine pain and the costs add up quickly. One woman documented her costs that were not covered by her insurance company, and she found out she was spending over $5,600 and had still found little relief! The problem with treating migraines is that the focus is on relieving symptoms rather than getting to the underlying cause.
The Root Cause of Migraines
At Providence Chiropractic, we understand that there is a link between the health of the upper neck and whether or not a person experiences migraines. A misalignment in the atlas, or C1 vertebra, can wreak havoc on the central nervous system. The atlas bone houses the brainstem and is located where the brainstem and the spinal cord connect and create the central nervous system. If the atlas is misaligned, it puts pressure on the brainstem causing a number of health issues, one of which is a migraine.
A study was conducted of 100 patients all complaining of migraine headaches. They received care from an upper cervical chiropractor, and every one of them saw an improvement in symptoms in as little as one or two adjustments. Some had headaches go away completely. Yes, upper cervical care can often offer fast relief that will save money on medical expenses and will be long-lasting.