A recent study helps to highlight the importance of caring for migraines at the source rather than just taking medication to cover up the symptoms. The study involving more than 100,000 women reveals that migraine sufferers are in a higher risk category when it comes to cardiovascular disease.
The Results of the Migraine Study
In general, the study revealed a 50% increase of a cardiovascular event occurring if a woman experienced migraines. When breaking down the conditions individually, this translated to a 73% greater risk for experiencing angina, a 62% increase in risk of having a stroke, and a 39% increase in risk for experiencing a heart attack.
Since cardiovascular disease is already a major health concern in developed nations, this study increases the importance of regular screening for women suffering from migraines. However, more research needs to be done in order to determine the exact connection between migraines and cardiovascular problems.
Upper Cervical Alignment and Migraines
While medications just help to relieve some migraine symptoms, an upper cervical adjustment may get to the heart of the matter. A subluxation of the upper cervical spine can affect blood flow in the vertebral arteries and even reduce blood flow to certain parts of the brain. This may result in migraines, and it could even hint at the connection between migraines and other vascular problems.
Upper cervical chiropractic care involves identifying the specific degree of misalignment of the C1 and C2 vertebrae, and correcting this problem using a gentle adjustment. Many find that this greatly reduces or even eliminates migraines. Since the connection between migraines and other serious health issues is clear, it is important to get to the underlying problem rather than just caring for the symptoms.
If you suffer from migraines, especially if you also experience neck pain, we encourage you to get an upper cervical examination. If a misalignment is found, you may be on the path to fewer or maybe even no more migraines.