Migraines are often referred to as a neurological condition. However, recent migraine research reveals that the condition may also be vascular in nature. This would result in migraines being categorized as a neurovascular condition. Let’s take a closer look at the study and consider a natural option that may help both the neurological and vascular issues associated with migraines.
Migraines Linked to Vascular Risk Factors
The research involved a study of genes that are common among migraine sufferers. In particular, it was revealed that nearly 30 genetic factors might determine how much a person is at risk of developing migraines. Most of these factors were related to the vascular system, the way the body moves blood around.
Why does the vascular system play a role in migraine occurrence? One possibility is that migraines can result when something is wrong with the proper blood flow to and from the brain. It is interesting to note that blood flow to the brain is very much connected to the vertebrae of the neck which facilitate proper flow. Therefore, a neck misalignment can affect the amount of blood reaching certain parts of the brain.
Natural Relief from the Pain of Migraines
Upper cervical chiropractic care is specifically focused on the C1 and C2 vertebrae. The alignment of these bones plays a vital role in the proper function of the brainstem as well as in cerebrospinal fluid drainage and vertebral blood flow. Thus, upper cervical misalignments can lead to the conditions that are known for causing migraines—both the neurological and vascular conditions.
As a result, many migraine patients find that a gentle realignment of these bones decreases the frequency and severity of migraines. For some, migraines resolve completely. To learn more about what upper cervical chiropractic care can do for you, find a nearby practitioner and schedule a consultation.