Migraines are becoming more and more common. Whether it is the fast pace of life or the amount of stress people are dealing with, migraines are on the rise. They are the third most prevalent illness worldwide. Migraines often begin during puberty. They affect women 3 times more often than men, and as many as 39 million adults in the United States are diagnosed with migraines.
Seeking care from your family physician may result in a number of tests being conducted to see why your migraines are occurring. The physician might suggest trying an over-the-counter medication or might give you a prescription for something stronger. However, the current trend is for people to seek more natural means for caring for their health problems, migraines included, so as to avoid the dangerous side effects of medications.
Scanning the brains of those who experience migraines has revealed some interesting information. Australian researchers discovered that patients who have migraines also have an increased amount of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) in their brains in comparison with the brains of those who do not have migraines. GABA is responsible for how the brain understands and processes pain by hindering the nervous system. This information can help to determine who might experience migraines versus who might not; however, it does nothing to solve the existing problem. To do that, we need to examine the underlying issue.
An underlying cause of migraines has been linked to a misalignment in the bones of the upper cervical spine. A tiny misalignment, even as small as ¼ of a millimeter, can result in the brainstem not functioning as it should. It puts the brainstem under stress, causing it to send improper signals to the brain. In addition, the arteries can also be affected and might not deliver the proper flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. This can lead to migraines.
Here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California, we use a gentle method to encourage the misaligned bones to move back into place. This often results in relief for those with migraines.
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