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What Migraines Are and How to Treat Them

I love working with people that suffer from migraines! We get to the root of the problem and correct it with a very high success rate! If you suffer from migraines you might have been told that you'll have to live with them for the rest of your life or that you can take a pill to help it. Did you know that preventive migraine drugs are considered effective if they reduce the frequency or severity of migraine attacks by 50%? I wouldn't be happy if my success rate was that low…and I do it without medication. And, does this pill really fix the problem? Do you suffer from a migraine because of a shortage of Excedrin Migraine, or other prescription drugs? Of course not. There is an underlying cause and guess what…headaches are not normal... it's your body screaming out to you to fix it.

What is a migraine?

Migraines can be a debilitating moderate to severe headache usually accompanied by nausea and sensitivities to certain stimulus like light or sound. They can last from as short as minutes to days and, in many cases, start in younger years of someone's life. Migraines are more common in women but men can get them too. Sometimes people will also get an "aura" before or during their migraine. This can also affect your vision, smell, or other senses. Usually the pain is in one side of the face or head but most commonly felt behind one of the eyes.

What causes a migraine?

This is a question that no one really knows for sure. There are many theories though. Usually the theories are that it is vascular in nature (affecting the blood vessels) or that it is pressure on nerves (particularly the trigeminal nerve). I like to think it is probably both. When there is pressure on the nervous system it can also cause blood vessels to constrict and even affect pain receptors. This is why sufferers of migraines find such relief when the neck is in proper balance. The pressure is taken off the nervous system and the body can recover.

What do we do for migraines?

This is where precision comes in. When the upper neck is not sitting in the right place it can put unnecessary pressure on the nerves that flow between your brain and body. Many people are susceptible to headaches when their neck is misaligned. We take precise x-rays that give us a 3-dimensional view of the nature of the misalignment. The beauty is that, when we know the exact angles of the joints, the adjustment can be much lighter and specific to your neck. There's no popping or twisting going on here.

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