Migraines Are Not Just A Pain

Most of us have experienced it - the blinding, nausea-inducing, excruciating pain of a migraine headache. In fact, 28 million women in the U.S. alone suffer from chronic migraines. While you may be tempted to brush them off as a painful annoyance, there is new research that shows it could have more insidious undertones.

Migraines have long been consistently linked with an increased risk of stroke, but now a study published by The BMJ and found here has shown an association of migraine with cardiovascular diseases and even mortality in women.

When compared to women who did not have migraines, the women in the study who reported a migraine had a greater risk for major cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks, strokes and angina/coronary revascularization procedures. Even after adjusting for other factors that may have increased the risk for these diseases, these associations remained.

In even worse findings, women who reported migraines were associated with a higher risk for cardiovascular deaths. This association was similar across subgroups of women, including by age, smoking status, hypertension, postmenopausal hormone therapy, and oral contraceptive use.

Thoroughly depressed yet? Well, there is good news as well. Chiropractic care has been shown to help reduce and even eliminate migraines. Chiropractic treatment restores proper nervous system communication by ensuring alignment, decreasing irritation in the nerves that send pain signals to the brain and reducing muscle tension, which is a common trigger for migraine headaches.

So don't let migraines ruin your day - or even your life. Chiropractic care can absolutely change your health!