When you think of migraines, the first thing you might think of is the throbbing, pounding head pain that accompanies them. While this is the most devastating symptom, migraines impact more than your health. They also take a toll on you financially. One woman decided to write down how much she was paying out of pocket that the insurance company would not pay for in order to try to find an answer to her migraines. Her expense list looks like this:
- $90.00 – a mask to flash light in different patterns
- $125.00 – MRI
- $375.00 – A headband that gives electrical pulses to the forehead with electrodes
- $500.00 – Supplements
- $750.00 – Acupuncture
- $1250.00 – Traditional chiropractic care
- $2500.00 – Visits to the ER (three times)
This comes out to a total of $5,600.00! And, it does not include the cost of trying other various home remedies (special diets, nasal pepper sprays, etc.) all promising to hold the key to eliminating her migraines. So, did she find the answers she was looking for? Sadly, she is still searching. However, we would encourage her to come see us here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California. We have seen success in helping migraine patients cope with their pain.
Why Migraines Respond to Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
Upper cervical chiropractic differs from traditional chiropractic in that we do not use force, such as popping or cracking the spine. We focus our attention on the top two bones of the neck, the C1 and C2 vertebrae. It has been seen that if these bones are misaligned, they can lead to a number of different problems, including migraines. If these bones are out of alignment by just ¼ of a millimeter, they can put stress on the brainstem, causing it to send improper signals to the brain. The bones can also act as a barrier to blood flow leaving and going to the brain. Either of these things can cause a migraine. Using a gentle method, we encourage the bones to move back into place naturally. This has been proven to help with migraine pain. Some patients see their migraines go away completely.
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