A staggering 1 billion people worldwide suffer from migraines, one of the most prevalent neurological conditions. What many non-migraine sufferers don’t realize is how debilitating it can be or that there are several types of migraines.
- Migraine with aura: Also called classical migraine, an aura produces the visual symptoms associated with migraine episodes, such as blurring of vision or seeing various lines, flashes, or shapes. Aura occurs in approximately 1 out of every 4 migraines sufferers and begins before the onset of the headache.
- Basilar migraine: This includes visual symptoms as well as vertigo. Basilar migraines are sometimes called migraine with brainstem aura.
- Menstrual migraine: Associated with a woman’s menstrual cycle, these migraines most often occur from 2 days before to 3 days after the start of a woman’s period.
Regardless of which migraine type you are suffering from, they all share the commonality of disrupting normal life.
Natural Relief for Migraines
Most migraine sufferers have tried many options in search of relief. In fact, medication overuse is the most common reason why episodic migraine episodes become chronic. What if there was a way to address the root cause of migraines without the need for medication use? This is the success that upper cervical chiropractic is having with many migraine cases.
Upper cervical chiropractic stands apart in that we take great measures to identify misalignments of the atlas, the top vertebra in the neck. When the atlas is not aligned properly, it can negatively affect brainstem function. Ordinarily, the atlas is tasked with protecting the brainstem, but if you’ve ever had an accident or injury that caused it to misalign, it can actually be causing undue pressure on the nerves.
Once an atlas misalignment is identified and measured by a professional migraine relief center in Kelowna, BC, adjustments are gentle and precise. Since atlas adjustments are given with the intent of having them hold in place for the maximum amount of time possible, the body’s natural healing process can get to work healing any damaged tissues that might be contributing to your migraine episodes.