Migraines have a devastating affect on those who suffer from its affects. Worldwide there are as many as 46% of the population with an active headache issue and an estimated 10% of the American population with the condition.1,2 Migraines are nearly twice as common among women than they are men. Migraines are the most common neurological disorder amongst Americans and often come with side effects of nausea, dizziness, and vomiting.
The way migraines are being diagnosed and treated is changing. The Cleveland Clinic has taken a new approach to patients with migraines by implementing an algorithm for diagnosis and treatment. The typical routine for patients that present to the ER is to take a brief history, rule out complications, diagnose the patient with migraines and prescribe powerful narcotic or opioid medications. By using this formula it has dramatically cut back on the amount of medications prescribed which have a highly addictive potential. It follows a detailed plan of care of other medications, which help patients but has not shown any increase in prevention of migraines. Many patients are looking away for natural treatment methods compared to powerful drugs.
Migraine specialist Dr Ian Bulow has been helping his patients achieve natural relief from migraines in Cranberry Township, PA. Dr Bulow is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor that specializes in balancing the nervous system by focusing on the Atlas bone (C1 vertebra). This bone plays an important role in the how the body functions as it house the brain stem where the brain turns into the spinal cord forming the central nervous system.
When the Atlas is misaligned from its normal position, painful headaches are aften a late stage symptom. In a scientific review of 100 patients with migraines that had Atlas misalignments, all patients improved with as little as 1-2 Upper Cervical Chiropractic Adjustments.4 All patients improved and some even had total resolution.