Migraines are something that one wants to avoid if at all possible. Known for intense, throbbing head pain, nausea, vomiting, and sensory sensitivity, they can really sap a person’s energy and limit daily activities. A recent study has revealed a link between migraines and those who are either overweight or underweight.
What Do Migraines Have to Do with a Healthy Body Weight?
The study was based on a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher for obesity and 18.5 or less for those who are underweight. Neurology published the findings of the study on April 12, 2017. Researchers looked at 12 different studies and observed 288,981 people.
The results showed that obese people had a 27% higher chance of developing a migraine than those of normal weight. Also, underweight people had a 13% higher risk of having migraines. The study author, B. Lee Peterlin, DO, said this is similar to the risk of migraines among people who have ischemic heart disease or bipolar disorder. However, they are not sure why this is the case.
No matter what one’s body mass index is, it is vital to address the root cause of migraines in order to alleviate them. Researchers have noted a connection between a misalignment of the upper neck vertebrae and migraine pain. How can this be corrected?
Migraines Helped by Proper Spinal Alignment
Upper cervical chiropractors have been working with migraine patients for many years now. We understand that when a misalignment occurs in either the C1 or C2 vertebra, it can negatively affect the central nervous system. Pressure from the misaligned bone may put the brainstem under stress, causing it to send improper signals about pain to the brain. Restriction of the cerebral blood flow may also happen.
Using a gentle method, we are able to help the bones to move back into place naturally, thereby restoring proper brainstem function blood flow. This is often all that is necessary to see a decrease in or elimination of migraines. To learn more, contact an upper cervical practitioner in your area.