The debilitating pain and relentless throbbing often associated with migraines is experienced by millions around the world. For example, in the United States, combining the number of individuals who suffer from diabetes and those with asthma would still come up short with how many suffer from migraines.
More than just a bad headache, migraines can be completely disarming and leave a person unable to function for hours at a time. Seeking relief from this type of condition is understandable and usually leads to changes in diet, taking medication, managing stress, turning to natural remedies, and sometimes even surgery.
The American Headache Society recommends surgery only as a last resort. In part, this is due to the fact that the outcome of the surgery cannot be predicted beforehand. Only after surgery is performed can one know if it has had an effect on the condition.
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Migraine Surgery Risks
If you are considering surgery, here are a few things you should know. This type of surgery involves two specific areas.
- Blood vessels located in the scalp—during surgery these are cauterized to minimize migraine pain.
- Muscles, particularly the ones thought to be in areas triggering the migraines, are removed.
To date, there is not a lot of evidence supporting the effectiveness of this type of procedure. Even temporary relief can be short-lived with this particular surgery. Also, as with most surgeries, there are risks. In this area, the risks are great enough that doctors view this measure as a last resort.
An Alternative Approach to Migraine Relief
Still, the maddening pain of migraines begs for relief. Upper cervical chiropractic care is an option worth looking into. This gentle and specific form of chiropractic aims to fix the source of the problem at hand, not just the symptoms. Focusing on the top two vertebrae, an upper cervical chiropractor can determine if there is a misalignment through an examination. When these vertebrae are even a fraction of a millimeter off, it can create pressure on the brainstem and interfere with vital communication pathways, and flow of cerebrospinal fluid and blood between the brain and the body. A gentle and precise adjustment may be all that is needed to reopen these important pathways and restore proper function within this region. Natural relief from migraines can then occur as the body begins to heal itself.
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