Migraines affect about 12% of the population, but scientists are still looking for the underlying cause. A recent study actually shed some light on a potential risk factor that just raises even more questions. What is the risk factor, and what are the implications?
Migraine studies about this topic exist. Researchers examined a series of studies that involved almost 300,000 patients. The results of the research revealed that the risk of migraines is higher by 27% for obese people. But before you think this was another study targeting the health problems related to being overweight, consider this. Patients who were underweight were also at greater risk for migraines by 13%.
According to the researchers, people with a healthy BMI (body mass index) are at the lowest risk for migraines. So what is the connection between weight and migraines? If a patient were to lose or gain weight to get into the range considered “normal” would this neurological condition stop or become less frequent? The research seems to have created more questions than it answered.
While regulating body weight is good for overall health, there are no indications that this is a way to counteract migraines. However, there is a natural way to get help. Migraines are often related to issues with the brainstem, problems with cerebrospinal fluid drainage, or inhibited blood flow to the brain. These factors can all be affected by an upper cervical subluxation.
When migraine patients are examined by upper cervical chiropractors, many are found to have a misalignment. A low force correction can put these bones back into their proper place. Following such an adjustment, many find that migraines occur less frequently, and some find complete relief. Find an upper cervical chiropractor near you to learn more about the process and the benefits you may be able to derive from this natural and safe form of care.
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