MIGRAINES - "ATLAS"

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“ARRRRRGGGGHHHHH……not another migraine!!”  

You may be thinking this each time you feel that dreaded sensation taking over your body. You can’t scream because it hurts too much, but you wish you could. You don’t have time for this! What could you possibly have done in another lifetime to be cursed with chronic migraines? Your boss is going to be upset! This will be the 3rd time this week that you’re calling in sick, but at this point you couldn’t care less. Your kids need breakfast before they run out the door to catch the school bus.Then you remember that you are supposed to prepare a dinner for the Smiths who just had a baby. You wonder how you are going to get through the day. You feel that familiar darkness settling in and you literally want someone to smash your head with a sledgehammer to knock you out of your misery before you regrettably retreat to the dark, silent solitude of your bedroom.

If you are one of the lucky ones, you may not ever have a migraine, or you may only get one on rare occasions. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of thousands of women that are debilitated by migraines every day. Approximately 20% of women in the U.S. suffer from migraines on a regular basis, and of those, 30% have attacks so bad, that they require bed rest. Migraines continue to be one of the most undertreated conditions, and they are for the most part, only treated when the migraine becomes so bad, the person suffering will try any over the counter medication to try to take the edge off.(1)Migraines are also the leading causes of outpatient and emergency room visits. (2) Surprisingly, most women that suffer from migraines don’t try any type of preventative therapies that could possibly prevent migraines from coming on in the first place.(1)The Benjamin Franklin adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is as true today as it was when Franklin made the quote. Lipton, et al. reports that more than one in four migraineursare candidates for preventive therapy, and a significantpart of those who might benefit from prevention do not receive it or even know about it.(1)

Most suggestions to help alleviate migraines are things that most people have tried when they feel a migraine coming on. Things like over the counter pain relievers such as Aspirin or ibuprofen. The problem with taking medications are the unwanted affects that can arise when ingesting these meds.When you are taking pills too often or for long periods of time, these medications can lead to ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding and even medication-overuse headaches.(3) Some of the more powerful drugs such as Opioids, anti-depressants, and Botox treatments can cause things like addiction, weight gain, nausea, constipation, and some of these treatments can trigger more migraines and headaches! (3)Often times, the “side effects” are worse than the problem you are trying to get rid of in the first place! What if you could help alleviate the migraines all together or at least decrease the frequency in which you get them. How would that change your life? How would it affect the relationships you have with your family, your spouse, or your co-workers? How would your quality of life change if your migraines were a thing of the past? I may have the solution you’ve been looking for!

Here in our office, we have solved a major portion of the migraine puzzle. It’s called….a chiropractic adjustment! An adjustment is used when one of the bones in your spine is irritating the nerves in your spine called a vertebral subluxation - subluxations will cause neurological deficiencies anywhere that nerve travels in your body. Often times, when one of the small bones in your spine (usually the very top one known as the atlas or C1) becomes subluxated, and this can cause major problems like migraines! We are taught in anatomy and physiology that the atlas protects anywhere from 450 million-7 trillion nerve fibers.  Judson tells us in his book, Atlas Adjusted, that the atlas is THE most important bone in the human body. When the atlas is adjusted, huge things happen because the atlas serves as the nervous systems gateway to the entire body.(4) When we adjust your atlas, and your body is responding well and holding the adjustment, in our office that is what we call “being cleared”! Having a clear, properly working nervous system is the key to living a life free of pain and suffering.

Going to your favorite chiropractor can help prevent or drastically reduce the frequency of the migraines!  Chiropractic is the worlds best kept secret. In my office, my goal is to restore the proper motion in your spine, improve spinal function and remove interferences from the nervous system. I always make sure that your atlas is clear! When you have a misalignment and dysfunction of one of the bones in your spine, this can compromise the normal functioning of your nerves and can significantly trigger headaches or migraines, among other health conditions. I correct these subluxations in your atlas and the rest of your spine with a very gentle, specific, adjustment. Our office is specifically trained to deliver the most gentle and effective care. There’s no popping or cracking in this office!! Most patients in our office notice immediate relief following their first adjustment. 

So what are you waiting for? What do you have to lose?  Don’t take it from me, but listen to the hundreds of migraine sufferers that have come through our office and are now pain free and no longer bound by the chains of chronic migraines that have kept them from truly living! Hear the stories from the moms that had lost all hope, but after regular chiropractic care, only see endless possibilities!

                                                                                                              

References

1.      Lipton RB, Bigal ME, Diamond M, et al. Migraine prevalence, disease burden, and the need for preventative therapy. Neurology 2007; 68(5):343-349.

 

2.      Burch RC, Loder S, Smitherman TA. The Prevalence and Burden of Migraine and Severe Headache in the United States: Updated Statistics From Government Health Surveillance Studies. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain [serial on the Internet]. 2015 [cited 2018 Oct 25]. Available from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/head.12482 

 

3.      Mayo Clinic. Migraine. [homepage on the Internet]. 2018 [cited 2018 Oct 27]. Available from: Mayo Clinic, Web site: http://https:www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/migraine-headache/symptoms-causes/syc-20360201

 

4.      Judson S Atlas adjusted. San Bernadino CA: Steven Judson; 2018.