Migraines not only cause significant burden to the individual who suffers from them, but they also create
financial impact, and loss of productivity. A recent study found that the negative impact of migraines on a person’s quality of life was worse than other chronic conditions, including diabetes and osteoarthritis. 51% of migraine patients report at least a 50% reduction in productivity either at work or at school.
Migraines can present either with or without an aura. Aura symptoms usually develop gradually over 5 to 20 minutes and are typically less than 60 minutes in duration. Migraines are often accompanied by nausea and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Other symptoms can include blurred vision, fatigue, and neck stiffness.
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While the exact cause of migraines is still unclear, they are classified in the vascular or neurologic category. Decreased blood flow to the brain and increased pressure on vasculature is thought to be a major contributing factor in the development of migraines. It can be that since 75% of migraine sufferers report associated neck pain that they may initially seek out relief through chiropractic care.2
Thankfully, migraine sufferers in the Schaumberg area have access to natural relief through upper cervical chiropractic. Migraine specialist Dr. Jeremy Barone uses an extremely specific analysis to uncover the underlying cause of migraines as well as other headache types. Through a gentle NUCCA adjustment to either the Atlas (C1 vertebra) or Axis (C2) vertebra, it is possible to restore normal blood flow and nerve function to the brain and brainstem. In a study of collected data of 100 headache cases and their response to upper cervical chiropractic care, positive results were seen sometimes in as little as one upper cervical specific adjustment.
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- 1.Souza TA, Headache. In editor. Differential diagnosis and management for the chiropractor: Protocols and algorithms. Sudbury: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, LLC; 2009. pp.513-521
- 2.Kaniecki RG. Migraine and tension-type headache: an assessment of challenges in diagnosis. Neurology. 2002; 58:515-520
- 3.Elster EL. Upper cervical chiropractic care for a patient with chronic migraine headaches with an appendix summarizing an additional 100 headache cases. J Vert Sublux Res 2003;AUG(3):1-10.