New research has shown that around 12 million people in the US are treated for migraines and headaches every year, and it is thought that at least 10% of the population suffer from migraines.
The condition, which usually presents as a throbbing headache on one side of the head, can be accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. Headaches can have a devastating effect on a person’s quality of life, making it difficult to engage in social events or hold down a job.
Common Diagnosis and Treatment Practices
Diagnosis and treatment can be expensive. Some healthcare companies choose to take images of the brain, which costs a lot of money and are often inconclusive. Many patients take medication to try and alleviate the symptoms or find that complete rest is the only way to recovery.
For this reason, many doctors are looking at alternative ways of helping those who suffer migraines, and clinical research suggests that lifestyle changes (such as improving diet and sleep patterns, as well as doing more exercise and medication) can help some people who regularly have serious headaches. This is because these adjustments have a balancing effect on a person’s nervous system.
At Providence Chiropractic in Edmonton, Alberta, we focus on using natural techniques to help alleviate migraine symptoms. Particularly we focus on a specific form of upper cervical chiropractic called the NUCCA technique.
This process involves examining the C1 vertebra in a person’s neck to ensure that the bone is in its correct position. Research has found that if this bone (also known as the atlas bone) is misaligned it can prevent the nervous system from working properly, which can cause migraines.
One study of 100 migraine patients showed that all of those whose atlas bones were misaligned saw an improvement after a couple of sessions with an upper cervical chiropractor.
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