Migraines are a harsh reality for many Americans. Migraines effect an estimated 10% of people globally and are ranked as one of the top 20 of the world’s debilitating illnesses. In USA it is estimated that 1 in 4 per household suffers from migraines which is an estimated 36 million Americans. Migraines have a grip on women three times as much as men.1
Migraines can also cause headaches for many healthcare providers. Migraines are challenging to efficiently diagnose and more so to treat. No migraine is the same and there are several different types with a myriad of causes. Doctors are always looking for innovative ways to help their patients.
Botox for Migraines?
Recently a group of plastic surgeons is taking a new look at migraines especially as it relates to patients who also have carpal tunnel. These plastic surgeons are using Botox, the same chemical neurotoxin used to cause paralysis to smooth out wrinkles commonly used in the face and lips. The theory comes from recent evidence that migraines and headaches can be caused by nerves in the neck. There is evidence showing that patients with migraines and carpal tunnel have compressed nerves in the neck.2
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Natural Migraine Relief
Patients are finding natural relief for migraines in Sacramento, CA with Dr Brett Gottlieb. As an Upper Cervical Chiropractor, Dr Gottlieb is a migraine specialist who specializes in the first bone of the neck known as the Atlas (C1 vertebra). The Atlas bone is regarded as one of the most important structures in the human body as it is where the brainstem from the skull and turns into the spinal cord that connects to every organ and muscle in the body. When the Atlas is misaligned it can cause pressure on nerves, which may produce headaches as a result. Upper Cervical Chiropractic has been proven to help migraine patients in groups as high as 100 in clinical studies.3 By carefully adjusting the Atlas in the precise direction to correct the misalignment pressure can be reduced from nerves.
- Migraine research Foundation. Migraine Fact Sheet. http://www.migraineresearchfoundation.org/fact-sheet.html (accessed 8 May 2015).
- UT Southwestern Medical Center. Plastic surgeons identify link between migraines and carpal tunnel syndrome. http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-04-plastic-surgeons-link-migraines-carpal.html (accessed 8 May 2015).
- 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
If you are interested in seeing if your migraines are a result of a misalignment in your upper neck. Find an upper cervical chiropractor in your area by going to www.upcspine.com or if you are in the Sacramento California area to schedule an appointment simply click the button below.