Migraines are usually accompanied by a throbbing headache, nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound. Some are affected occasionally, while others have them quite often – even several times a week. If you are female and in your 40’s or older, you may notice that you are beginning to have more migraines. The reason for this may be perimenopause – the time period that hormones decrease leading up to menopause.
If this is true, you may notice additional symptoms:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Irregular menstrual periods
The migraines you experience may have the above-mentioned symptoms as well as loss of appetite, neck pain, and gastrointestinal pain.
Traditional care for migraines usually involves a combination of estradiol, triptans, and NSAIDs. As many as half of women who visit their family doctor for help with migraines attribute them to menstruation. However, many women choose just to ride out the pain and not seek additional care as they feel they can get medication, such as NSAIDs, over-the-counter anyway. However, it is important to recognize that all medications come with unwanted and dangerous side effects, even leading to more headaches in the long run. What if there was a natural, safe way to care for migraines?
Migraines Respond Favorably to Upper Cervical Chiropractic
Here at Scenic City Clinic of Chiropractic in Chattanooga, Tennessee, we have had success in helping our migraine patients get relief. There is a delicate relationship between a misalignment in the upper neck and how it affects the overall health of your body. The top bones of the spine – the C1 and C2 vertebrae – are designed to protect the brainstem. However, if they become misaligned, they can actually put the brainstem under pressure and cause it to send faulty signals to the brain, leading to migraines.
We use a gentle method to help readjust these bones and allow them to move back into place naturally without popping or cracking the neck. This has helped our patients and those in case studies to see an improvement in migraines. Some patients have seen them go away indefinitely.
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