Even just one isolated occurrence of a migraine can turn a person’s life upside down for days. Now imagine dealing with migraines 15 or more days per month. For about 4 million people, imagining that scenario is not necessary—it’s a reality.
The symptoms of this complex condition are bad enough, but when one suffers from chronic migraines, additional problems compound the issue. For example, sleep problems, anxiety disorders, and depression are all common for those who experience chronic migraines. This can lead to a lessened quality of life. Also, migraines that occur this frequently often result in a high degree of disability.
What Causes Chronic Migraines?
While it is difficult to pin down one particular underlying factor, one of the biggest contributors is medication overuse. When a person is experiencing several migraines per week, over-the-counter or prescription medication use can become a regular occurrence. However, the majority of painkillers have a common side effect. Taking them too often can result in a rebound headache.
Therefore, one of the things that has led to chronic migraine problems is that the medical approach toward the condition is to treat symptoms with painkillers rather than to identify and eliminate the underlying cause of this neurological condition. Are you looking to break the cycle of medication use and overuse for the pain of migraines?
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Is Helping People Break Free
The top bones of the spine play a vital role in central nervous system function. A misaligned atlas and axis can place pressure on the brainstem or spinal cord. Blood flow to the brain may be hindered. Proper drainage of cerebrospinal fluid may be inhibited. Any of these conditions can result in migraines.
Correcting such a misalignment has been the first step toward recovery for a number of individuals. This is especially true for those who experience neck pain before or during a migraine (although upper cervical chiropractic may help those without this symptom as well). To learn more, schedule a consultation with an upper cervical chiropractor near you.