Do you suffer from migraines?
There are two kinds of people in this world. People that have had a migraine and those that haven’t. Unfortunately, I know them all too well. I started having migraines as a teenager and know the pure torture of them.
A migraine is like molten lava being poured on the inside of your skull. Like a pick axe jabbing and twisting into your brain. Like a vice attached to your skin and torqueing your mind. A migraine is like child labour in your head with out the reward of a child after. Instead of a cute little munchkin, you get a head so sore that it feels like your skull is bruised, your brain is foggy and your body is drained and exhausted.
Migraines are very common currently in the United States. 18% of American women and 6% of men, 10% of children experience migraines. Migraines are best described as debilitating; studies have shown that more than 90% of migraine sufferers cannot work or function normally during a migraine.
As a youth, my family tried and suggested mostly conventional medical approaches to my frequent migraines. I was infused with ibuprofen, aspirin, antihistamines, and a slew of over the counter bottles. While sometimes they would slightly reduce the pounding, they were anything but a cure.
My family was as far from a natural health model was handed a glass of water with a variety of over the counter conjoins. aspirin, ibuprofen, antihistamines…none doing much other than maybe a slight dent in the torture.
I remember my first chiropractic adjustment occurred when I was in my early 20s. In the few seconds that it took my chiropractor to gently realign my neck, it was like I was hitting the restart button on my life. The clouds parted and I could see colors sharper a thin haze had been lifted from my life and it was instantaneous. How did you do that??? How did I never know about this??? How did I live with out this?? As the thoughts ripped though my mind I know I would never ever be the same and my life would always include chiropractic.
I have worked on thousands of patients with migraines nearly all are blown away with how profoundly chiropractic can change their migraine patterns. In my two years of researching migraines my two part conclusion is as follows:
The standard medical treatment approach sucks ass and is pathetic.
Most migraines are caused by three main things.
- Upper cervical subluxations
- Gut dysbiosis
Toxicity is perhaps the most looming factor in all of our biological landscapes. I believe that we are all varying degrees of chronically toxic. We are bombarded by toxins from the moment of conception into all moments of our lives. The food we eat, what we drink, the air we breathe what touches our skin and is absorbed from every orifice is commonly tainted with a slew of cancer causing, hormone disrupting energy depressing chemically engineered products and byproducts. Despite the purest of organic diets and the best we try, I believe the ratio or exposure is too prevalent and we all need to supplement with regular detox. A toxic body cannot heal itself and can only respond with inflammation that fuels the flame of the migraine. I recommend all migraine members to see me for detox options.
Gut Dysbiosis – if anyone knows me they all know that I will gladly talk their ears off about gut functions and the enteric nervous system at any given opportunity. My staff gets the glazed look in the eye when they hear the word gut trickle out of my mouth. In short the gut is the epicenter of our heath, the grand central station of our health. Gut health influences our hormones, our absorption of what is good and our excretion of what is bad. The gut directly influences hormones, energy, even thought and brain function. A gut filled with allergen producing, GMO slop masquerading as food cannot create a body and soul of vitality. I recommend that everyone with migraines see me immediately for a gut tune up and a 5R protocol.
Upper cervical subluxations – Let me be clear, I believe that any spinal subluxation can cause a migraine and neuroscience is showing that any area of subluxation can create pain patterns in any area of the body. Specifically, the upper cervical area is a powerful input into the central nervous system. The nerves that come from your neck influence most of the muscles and sensations and actions of the face, neck shoulders arms and upper back. Nerves from your neck actually intertwine and relay with cranial nerves originating from the brain stem and brain itself. There is no faster physical way to change the landscape of your neurology than a chiropractic adjustment. I have NEVER met a person with headaches of any kind and especially migraines that did not have a cervical subluxation. When a chiropractor creates optimal function in the joint complex that houses these nerves and restores proper never function, your body has only one response option… to improve and head in the direction of a homeostasis, and well being.
I hope that you do not know agony of a migraine.
I hope that if you do, you understand that there are better treatment options beyond the big pharm.
Thanks for reading this and forward it on to the 5 people that you know with migraines.