Migraines affect approximately 12% of the population, disproportionately split between 18% of women and 6% of men. While a person who gets migraines may view them as the bane of his or her career, that career may actually be the underlying cause of the migraines. How can you manage your migraines and maintain your career in an economy where billions are lost each year due to missed work days?
The Career-Related Underlying Cause of Migraines
A career in the modern business world can often be at the root of many migraine problems. How is this the case? It all starts with the frequent use of technology involved in modern business. A person may spend 8 hours a day sitting at a desk in front of a computer. That’s not good for your spine in general and may lead to misalignments that cause migraines.
Other ways that technology affects the spine is the amount of time we spend looking at screens. Very few have a monitor at the correct height – eye level. Looking slightly down all day can take its toll on the top vertebrae in the neck, the C1 and C2. Plus, we constantly crane the neck forward to check text messages and use mobile devices in other ways. Every inch the head is leaned forward can add an extra 10 pounds of weight to the head, which already weighs about 10-12 pounds.
Finally, job-related factors such as stress act as triggers for a migraine episode once the problem is already in place. So first the job creates the right environment for migraines to occur, and then it triggers more frequent attacks. Is there a way to break the cycle?
Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Proper Posture – Keys to Migraine Relief
When a person’s career leads to migraines, the cause is often a misalignment of the top bones of the spine. This can lead to problems with brainstem function, reduced blood flow to the brain, and issues with cerebrospinal fluid drainage. Upper cervical chiropractic involves a precise, low force correction applied to the C1 and C2 that can correct these underlying problems.
It may not be possible to reduce the stress of your job, but a properly aligned C1 and C2 may make proper posture feel more natural and reduce the frequency and severity of migraine occurrence. For some, upper cervical chiropractic care has led to the complete elimination of migraines.