Migraines affect 38 million men, women, and children in the US each year. That is approximately 12% of the nation. In other words, it afflicts about one in every four households in the US. Since it tends to run in families, most sufferers will have a family history of the condition. There are also about three times as many females dealing with migraines as males. But they cause more problems than just the known symptoms.
Its Financial and Economic Cost
When added together, the cost of lost work productivity and healthcare in connection with migraines in the US is $36 billion each year. About $13 billion is lost by employers as workers miss approximately 113 million workdays annually due to this condition. If a family has just one member suffering from migraines, the family will pay out approximately 70% more in healthcare each year as opposed to the average household. Brain scans alone make up $1 billion of the cost of migraines every year. Is there a cost-effective solution to this expensive problem?
Cost-Effective Migraine Care
Most medical treatment only provides symptomatic relief. For example, a pain pill will only help a patient when a migraine is already causing pain, and even then the results are limited. As a result, medication gets taken over and over with no end in sight to the symptoms. However, practical care is available.
Upper cervical chiropractic care helps migraine patients by relieving many of the common underlying causes of the condition. For example, an upper cervical misalignment can cause pressure on the brainstem, an interruption of proper cerebrospinal fluid drainage, or a restriction of the proper blood flow to the brain. All of these conditions can lead to migraines.
Correcting the underlying problem can often relieve migraines and headaches, and reduce the frequency and severity of the episodes. If you suffer from this neurological disease, especially if you have ever experienced a head or neck injury, upper cervical chiropractic may bring the relief you have been searching for. And since adjustments are gentle and long-lasting, the result is a cost-effective means of controlling the pain of migraines.