Migraines have a strong tendency to run in families with approximately 90% of migraine sufferers having a family history of the condition. Does that mean that migraines are a genetic condition that is inherited? While the underlying cause of migraines is not yet fully understood, a recent study addressed a genetic anomaly that can predispose a person to migraine occurrence. Here is some more information on the study and also a natural way to find migraine relief.
A Genetic Predisposition to Migraines
Researchers in Tehran, Iran have identified a polymorphism in the rs4343 gene that seems to be related to a predisposition to migraines. Data was compared between 148 migraine sufferers and 149 healthy persons of the same age and gender who made up the control group.
A polymorphism is the technical way of saying a genetic variation. In other words, there is a difference in the rs4343 gene for many migraine patients that does not exist for the majority of people in general, at least for the few hundred people in the study.
This may give some explanation as to why migraines tend to run in families even though it isn’t really a genetic disorder.
Natural Relief from the Pain of Migraines
Whether your migraines are due to a predisposition or they began following some type of trauma, there is an alternative way to find relief that you may find interesting. Upper cervical chiropractors have found that migraines are often reduced or even eliminated when an atlas (C1) misalignment is corrected.
This is a bone that isn’t often focused on by the general chiropractic community. It requires very precise measurements and gentle adjustments that the average chiropractor is not trained to perform. Therefore, if you are experiencing migraines, a consultation with an upper cervical practitioner may be in order.
To learn more, find a practitioner in your local area and call to schedule an appointment today.