Back in June of this year, NBC News released an article about a new class of medicines aimed at stopping migraines before they begin. With over 36 million Americans suffering from migraines, this can sound like an appealing option on the surface. Since migraines are not an ordinary headache, they are accompanied by episodes of nausea, vomiting, extreme sensitivities to light and sound, and sometimes episodes of vertigo.
This new class of drugs is designed to interact with a neurotransmitter called calcitonin gene-related peptide, or CGRP. Neurotransmitters are chemicals produced by our bodies that carry messages between the brain and their destination elsewhere in the body. Scientists believe that elevated levels of CGRP in the blood are a contributing factor in migraines, so this new medication is designed to “attack” the CGRP with the goal of cutting the number of migraine attacks in half.
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The trouble with these new medicines, as well as other common migraine treatments, is that they are geared towards mitigating the symptoms instead of actually correcting the cause. All medications also come along with undesired side effects – although they might achieve one desired effect, other issues may arise as a result of the medication.
Fortunately, there is a natural option for people who want to get to the root cause of their migraines and work towards a lasting solution. Migraine expert Dr. Jeremy Barone focuses specifically on the alignment of the top two vertebrae in the neck, which are often determined to be the problem area in many migraine patients. Using specific, gentle, and effective upper cervical chiropractic techniques, Dr. Barone works with his patients to restore normal alignment to these bones, as well as normal function to the nervous system. Once the body is given the time to heal, migraines and other nervous system related health issues become a thing of the past.
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