Migraines are a way of life for many people, but by no means a way to live. Every year, 12 million Americans are seeking relief from Migraines. It is estimated that one–quarter of the entire US population has an ongoing migraine or headache condition.
In this day and age of technology and information, those suffering from migraines are now able to be more active in their healthcare, and diagnostic tools are much more advanced. The new trend in technology is gathering health data through the latest smartphones and wearables.
There are apps that you allow you to record specific data during a migraine episode. Questions include the level of pain, foods eaten that day, and duration of a migraine. These questions are asked during a migraine, as the answers can be hard to recall after an episode. By collecting data about sleep patterns, weather, and how you use your device, predictions can even be made about when your next migraine may occur.2 The goal of these apps is to be able to give healthcare providers specific information allowing them to offer more effective treatment options.
Many patients, however, are seeking a natural way to manage migraine headaches other than the traditional methods. Migraine Specialist Dr. Ian Bulow is helping these patients get relief from migraines in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Bulow is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor who takes a different approach to treating migraines and helps his patients by assessing the Atlas bone (C1 vertebra).
The Atlas bone is very important as it houses many of the nerves known to be related to migraine conditions. When the Atlas moves out of its proper normal position, it will have adverse effects on how the brain and nervous system function, which commonly leads to migraines as an end stage result. After carefully analyzing and delivering a specific adjustment to the restore proper position of the Atlas bone, headaches often resolve as the brain and nervous system normalize.
Scientific research has shown Upper Cervical Chiropractic to not only relieve migraines and headaches but also provide long term resolution. Studies show that natural relief can occur in as little as 1-2 adjustments as the Atlas bone returns to its normal state.1
- 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