The onset of the first one is usually before age thirty. More women than men are stricken, although chiropractors report an increase in men seeking help for them. They have a detrimental effect on the economy because people cannot go to work. Research shows that migraines cause loss of earnings amounting to billions of dollars each year.
One highly respected clinic associates a major nerve, the trigeminal, with migraines. The human neck has seven cervical vertebrae that can be misaligned. The chiropractic term for this is subluxation. It is believed that this may either cause or contribute to the pain of these disabling headaches.
A subluxation, which is a misalignment of the spinal vertebrae, may press against nerve roots and interfere with functioning of the nervous system. One middle-aged woman suffered from these headaches for over forty years. Her pain was alleviated over a three month period of chiropractic adjustments to correct the subluxation.
A first office appointment is spent talking about the headaches, how long they last and how frequently they occur. A medical history and a physical examination of the spine is done. Often an x-ray is needed. Following this thorough evaluation a plan can be made for reducing the pain.
With each of the scheduled appointments, the subluxation was gradually eased back into the correct position. The pressure was lifted. Massages relaxed the tense muscles in his neck and shoulders. A specially devised exercise regimen was suggested. It helped to keep the muscles relaxed between appointments.