New Hope for Migraine Pain Sufferers
Migraine Pain sufferers are being offered new hope thanks to a natural treatment that focuses on the upper spine. It’s thought that globally more than 45 million people suffer from migraines, which can have devastating effects on their day-to-day lives, forcing them to miss work and social engagements and affecting their mood.
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Many migraine patients believe their only option is to take medication to treat the immediate symptoms of pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound. This may include taking general pain relief tablets such as aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen for mild migraines, or for moderate symptoms, or taking over-the-counter medications specifically for migraines that combine aspirin, acetaminophen, and caffeine.
However, if taken over a long period, these medications can have severe side effects such as ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding and may even cause further headaches. Other medications include triptans (for example Imitrex which can be taken as a nasal spray, injection, or tablet) that constrict blood vessels thereby blocking pathways in the brain. The side effects can include muscle weakness, nausea, and dizziness.
Understandably, many patients are looking for more natural relief and are keen to try and prevent migraines from occurring in the first place. At present, most preventative medications for migraines are actually drugs intended for other uses, such as beta-blockers, antidepressants, and even Botox injections., We examine a patient’s upper cervical spine looking for misalignments in the top two bones of the neck. Correcting these misalignments can ensure proper blood flow and brain function, which can be caused by problems in this area of the spine. Once the subluxation is fixed, patients may feel natural relief from migraines in as little as three visits.
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