Migraines are a global condition with estimates stating that about 12% of adults have at least the occasional migraine. In the US, about 38 million people deal with migraines. What you may not know is that migraines seem to target certain parts of the population. What do the stats show and what does it mean for finding long-term relief? Consider the following statistics reported by The Headache & Migraine Policy Forum.
Who Are Most Affected by Migraines?
Let’s examine the following migraine statistics and the potential factors behind them:
- More than 85% of migraine patients are women. Hormone fluctuations seem to play a role in migraine occurrence. In fact, many women find migraines occur more frequently during certain parts of their monthly cycle, while pregnant, or during menopause.
- Over 80% of migraine sufferers reside in urban areas. Is it the stress of a fast-paced environment or the smells and sounds of an urban community that trigger migraines? Maybe pollution plays a role as well. Regardless of the reason, it seems more people deal with migraines in areas with higher populations.
- 4 in 5 migraine sufferers are non-Hispanic white people. Since about 90% of migraine suffers can trace the condition to immediate family members, this may be related to a genetic marker that is passed down, making one race more susceptible to migraines than others.
What this adds up to is more than $41 billion being spent on migraine treatments each year in the US. Plus, almost 90% of those who deal with chronic migraines also suffer from at least one other chronic condition such as a mental disorder, high blood pressure, or arthritis. Where can a person turn for long-term relief?
Taking a Whole-Person Approach to Migraines
Rather than taking one pill for migraines and another for each other chronic ailment a person may have, upper cervical chiropractic tries to present a whole-body approach to migraine care. When the C1 and C2 are misaligned, it can affect blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow as well as brainstem function. These conditions can lead to migraines and many other health problems including those often associated with migraines. To learn whether upper cervical chiropractic is the best option for you, contact a local practitioner and schedule a consultation. You may have finally found the help you’ve been searching for.
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