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5 Facts That Will Make You Take Migraines Seriously



Migraines are so much more than just “a nasty headache.” Migraines are a complex condition which could wreak havoc on a person’s health and productivity. Everything migraine sufferers are going through – the bouts of throbbing headaches that last for hours to days, along with nausea, vomiting, light or sound sensitivity, mood shifts, and mental dysfunction – should not be taken lightly. 

If you are one of those people who does not realize yet just how serious migraines can be, maybe these facts can shed some light on this condition. 

  1. Migraines are the third most prevalent illness around the world. 

It ranks next to tooth decay and tension headaches. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, about 1 billion people suffer from migraines worldwide.  In the United States, 39 million people including men, women, and children have migraines. It is also the sixth most disabling illness globally.

  1. Migraines can become a chronic condition.

While some people experience migraines only periodically, there are more than 4 million adults who suffer from chronic migraines, meaning they have more than 15 headache days per month.  A study discovered that people with chronic migraines experience headaches that last an average of 65 hours without treatment and 24 hours with treatment. Those with chronic migraines also tend to suffer from sleep disorders, anxiety, and depression. 

  1. Migraines impact the economy.

More than $5 billion are spent on migraine treatment on an annual basis.  Each year, the cost of healthcare and lost productivity combined are estimated at $36 billion. Research also showed that the healthcare costs for families with someone suffering from migraines are 70% higher than for families without. 

  1. Migraines can be disabling.

People with migraines lose a substantial part of their days managing around an illness that affects their work, school, social activities, and family life. Over 90% of migraine sufferers cannot work or function normally during a migraine attack.  Migraines are also the cause for the moderate to severe disability of about 11 million people. 


  1. Children experience migraines too.

About 10% of all school-age kids suffer from migraines, and half of them experience their first episode before age 12.  Infantile colic is also found to be associated with childhood migraines. Migraines can hurt a child's performance in school and relationship with peers.  Children with migraines miss school twice as often as children without migraines.


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What is Causing Your Migraines?

More and more studies are being carried out to understand and treat migraines fully. But unfortunately, there are only 500 headache specialists in the United States to serve 38 million migraine sufferers. That’s why they are often undiagnosed or untreated.

Doctors believe that migraines are a neurological disorder that involves nerve pathways and brain chemicals. A recent study reported that migraines are linked to a chemical imbalance in the brain. Higher levels of the chemical gamma-aminobutyric acid – which can influence pain – are found in the brains of migraine sufferers.

A genetic component also plays a role in migraines as it is reported that more than half of people who have migraines have a parent or close relative with the disease. Meanwhile, migraine attacks can be further triggered by lack of sleep, changes in weather, certain foods (such as aged cheeses or meats), caffeine, and stress.

Since some medications make migraines worse, more people are turning to natural alternatives to stop their migraine attacks.  A lot of migraine sufferers find upper cervical chiropractic care works for them.  Some of its positive outcomes are the drop in the severity of episodes, less frequent attacks, and complete vanishing of migraines altogether.


What Makes N8 Upper Cervical Chiropractic Stand Out?

Since migraines are linked to some issues in the brain, fixing the misalignment in your upper cervical spine can address the root cause of migraines and normalize the function of your central nervous system.

Anybody who wants to reap the benefits of a migraine chiropractic specialist in Manila can rely on N8 Upper Cervical. We have been continuously successful in treating migraines and providing relief to our patients as our services deliver many benefits:

  • Gentle adjustments – Our upper cervical chiropractic care does not perform forceful popping or twisting of the body.  We do an assessment and various examinations to verify exactly how your vertebrae have shifted so we can use gentle adjustments that are tailor-fit to your diagnosis and needs.

  • Precise methods – We have modern equipment and use very precise diagnostic imaging to calculate our patients’ misalignments. This means accurate corrections and a customized procedure for every individual case.

  • Only necessary adjustments – We only perform adjustments when needed. And rather than automatically adjusting you on every single visit, we go through different measurements on each appointment to know whether your atlas alignment is holding.  If your atlas stayed in place from your previous adjustment, we will not attempt to correct it again as it would only do more harm than good. The length of time you can keep normal alignment is what lets healing take place, not repeated adjustments.

  • A high level of skills and expertise – Our upper cervical chiropractors are highly skilled in their practice. They take additional seminars and certifications to perfect their technique. They have in-depth knowledge and awareness about how an atlas misalignment might be contributing to your migraines, and thus utilize their expertise in ensuring your migraine relief and overall healing.


Upper cervical chiropractic can do wonders for migraine sufferers. Set an appointment with us to naturally get rid of your migraine symptoms.


References:

http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/brain,-spinal-cord,-and-nerve-disorders/headaches/migraines

http://migraineresearchfoundation.org/about-migraine/migraine-facts/


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If you are outside of the local area, you can find an Upper Cervical Chiropractor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.