Headaches and migraines are incredibly common in American households, with the Migraine Research Foundation calling them the third most prevalent illness in the world. A 2018 study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that women are twice as likely as men to experience severe headaches, affecting 10.6% of all men and 20.1% of all women. In the 18-44 age demographic, the number jumps to 25% of women who suffer migraines. 

The Rising Cost of Headaches & Migraines

This epidemic is extremely costly as well, with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) estimating in 2016 a $36 billion economic cost associated with severe migraines, due in large part to 1.2 million annual emergency room visits. The Migraine Research Foundation determined that families with a migraine sufferer experience 70% higher medical costs than families with no history of migraines. 

Commonly, Americans turn to medication as their first line of defense against headaches and migraines. The NCBI states the most common medications are NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen and Advil, however they state there are associated side effects, most commonly GI issues, diarrhea, and allergic reactions. When these medications work, it is only a temporary solution, failing to address the root cause of the issue.

Commonly, Americans turn to medication as their first line of defense against headaches and migraines. The NCBI states the most common medications are NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen and Advil, however they state there are associated side effects, most commonly GI issues, diarrhea, and allergic reactions. When these medications work, it is only a temporary solution, failing to address the root cause of the issue.

The Connection Between Headaches & The Spine

The Mayo Clinic explains that migraines’ causes aren’t fully understood, but the most commonly held belief is that migraines are triggered in the upper cervical area of the spine, occurring when the trigeminal nerve becomes irritated. This nerve plays a major role in pain to the face, neck, and head. When this nerve becomes inflamed, it can lead to migraines and headaches.

In chiropractic care, we focus on removing pressure on nerves throughout the spine, including the trigeminal nerve in the upper cervical spine. Using very gentle pressure, a chiropractic adjustment shifts the bone off the irritated nerve, correcting the underlying cause that can be triggering headaches. It is for this reason that the Cleveland Clinic calls chiropractic care one of the best ways to ease headache and migraine symptoms.


Are You Looking For a Fairfax Chiropractor That Can Help?

If you or your family members suffer from headaches or migraines, our doctors are trained in gentle and specific chiropractic adjustments to help relieve these symptoms. We look forward to serving you and helping you achieve greater health.

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