Are the Ears the Key to Migraine Relief?

Possible relief from migraine through ear exam

Migraines are a chronic condition that often leads sufferers to try just about anything. Researchers at the University of Kent have recently conducted a study that may be of interest to those with migraines. We’re going to take a closer look at that research as well as at a natural therapy that is helping many migraine patients to get the help they need.

Ear Canal Temperatures and Migraines

The process is called caloric vestibular stimulation (CVS). Basically, it is the process of applying gentle heating or cooling to the inside of the ear canals. The understanding is that this process activates the organs that signal body position and help with balance. This, in turn, helps brainstem function. The brainstem is the part of the brain that has been the most closely linked with migraine occurrence.

The results of the study showed the positive effects of this method on patients who were suffering between four and 14 migraine episodes monthly. The group that received the treatment experienced an average of 3.6 fewer migraine days (the placebo group only saw a 0.9-day reduction). This helps show the correlation between the brainstem and migraines and points toward the benefits of natural care for migraines.

Natural Migraine Help – Available Now

Of course, this therapy is still being studied, and it may be quite some time before anything is available to the general public. In the meantime, you may not have to wait for natural migraine relief. Another way to help the brainstem function properly is to ensure that the atlas (C1 vertebra) is in proper alignment.

Because the atlas houses and protects the C1, even the slightest misalignment can result in pressure being placed on the brainstem. As a result, migraines may occur. Thus, when a person is dealing with chronic migraines, it makes sense to have the alignment of the atlas checked.

Upper cervical chiropractors specialize in examining the atlas and providing ultra-gentle and precise corrections. For some, this has led to a significant reduction in the frequency and occurrence of migraines. To learn more, contact an upper cervical practitioner near you.


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