Migraines are usually treated with a range of medications including benzodiazepines and opiates. Because these drugs can be highly addictive and have unwanted side effects, many are seeking natural alternatives. It has also been noted that most migraine medications only provide temporary and partial relief to migraine sufferers, and medication results vary widely from person to person. However, a recent study cast some light on alternative therapies.
Meditation Over Medication for Migraines
The study involved 92 individuals who had never used meditation techniques before. These individual were broken up into 4 groups and each group used a different form of meditation for 20 minutes a day over the course of 30 days while keeping a migraine journal. One group was referred to as the spiritual meditation group and focused on the phrase “God is love.” The other groups were given other phrases and techniques to use.
It is interesting to note that the spiritual meditation group saw the greatest decrease in the frequency of their migraines. They also took the least medication over the course of a month (though all 4 groups reported less medication use). This supports the idea that some forms of meditation may be useful in reducing migraine pain.
Of course, not everyone is religious, and even those who are may be looking for more of a medically-related natural form of relief. Fortunately, this too exists.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for Migraines
The upper cervical spine plays a vital role in brainstem function, cerebrospinal fluid drainage, and vertebral artery function. A misalignment can create the right conditions for migraines to occur. Therefore, it makes sense that correcting such a misalignment can help provide relief.
Upper cervical chiropractic care involves the diagnosis and correction of very specific misalignments. The gentle correction methods provide long-lasting adjustments. Because of this, the body has time to heal damaged tissue and nerves. Many find that migraines are helped right from the first correction.