Migraine headaches are one of the most debilitating headaches that exist. Statistics show that 36 million Americans suffer from chronic migraine headaches. Anyone who has ever experienced a migraine knows how terrible they are and how disruptive they are to work, family life, hobbies, and enjoying life.
My sister suffered from migraines when growing up as kids. I recall her staying in a dark room for 24 hours, missing out on life. Prior to being in bed she would dry heave for hours. She would suffer twice monthly like clock work. Her only option was to sleep in a dark room for 24 hours until it would pass.
I was younger and I did not really understand how much my sister suffered. Then luck would have it - I was dropped on my head while wrestling in high school. I would endure two years of chronic health problems that thankfully ended after I ended up in a Blair upper cervical chiropractic office in northern California.
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I recovered, however, there was an added benefit. My sister started to also receive Blair upper cervical care and her migraine headache issues improved so markedly that now she only has a migraine once every other year. In this article we will discuss how injury to the upper cervical spine can lay the groundwork for migraine headaches and other chronic health problems.
Then we will offer a solution that is natural, does not include twisting or pulling of the neck, and most importantly is highly successful in getting to the root cause of many who suffer with chronic migraine issues.
What Does the Neck Have to Do with Migraine Headaches?
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The upper cervical spine houses the most vital structure in the human body, the brain-stem. Inside of the brain-stem exists many nuclei that are the seat of control for many of the body's functions. One nuclei in the brain-stem is called the vasomotor nuclei.
This nuclei is a little “brain” that monitors and controls constriction and dilation of the blood vessels. There are many theories as to why migraines occur. One of them recognizes that the aura phase of a migraine is the result of constriction of the blood vessels in the brain.
Then the pounding migraine occurs and researchers believe it is the body overcompensating for the constricted blood vessels. When the dilation phase occurs this is when the dreaded migraine headache kicks in. If migraines are a neurogenic(nervous system based) vascular (blood flow) issue then in order to get to the root cause of the issue we need to talk about the nervous system and the neck.
The upper cervical spine is the structurally weakest area of the spine and houses the brain-stem. Injuries such as car accidents, sports injuries, slip and falls and other blunt type trauma can injure the soft tissue surrounding the joints in the neck leading to spinal misalignment and nervous system irritation.
Since the brain-stem is located in close proximity to the atlas (c-1) and axis (c-2) spinal misalignment at this level can have far reaching effects on the health of the body. With migraine it appears that a large majority of patients who suffer, suffer because of upper cervical spine injury. Over the years our upper cervical health care offices have helped hundreds of patients with migraines completely recover or find significant relief.
Migraine headaches are NOT a medication deficiency, they are a function deficiency. In fact most health problems in the body are not the result of a lack of a medication but rather are due to irritations, interference, and deficiencies in function. Upper cervical chiropractors are well trained to locate these interference and then precisely correct them which then allows the body to function better and restore health naturally.
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What exactly Does a Blair Upper Cervical Doctor Do?
Blair Upper Cervical doctors are specially trained to locate spinal misalignment in the upper cervical spine and correct them. Spinal misalignment are located by running a battery of neurological tests that locate the spinal segments that have been injured and misaligned by a prior neck injury.
Once located, precision imaging in the form of digital x-ray or cone-beam computed tomography (Cbct) is used to precisely determine which joint has misaligned and the angulation of the misaligned joint. Each person’s anatomy is different and therefore imaging is used to uncover the blueprint to be used to correct each patient’s individual misalignment pattern.
Once this information is gleaned, a gentle, light correction is made without twisting, popping, or pulling. The patient is then monitored overtime to ensure that the correction is holding. If the testing indicates the need for another correction, then it is performed.
However, the goal of Blair Upper Cervical Care is for the patient to stay in “adjustment”. It isn’t the correction that produces healing. It is the removal of nerve irritation and the adjustment “holding” in its normal position that allows the body to function better and proceed through a healing process.
This is how Blair Chiropractic care can often help remove the underlying cause of many who suffer from migraine, tinnitus, Vertigo, Meniere’s disease, neck pain, migraine headaches, and other chronic health problems by supporting the body in healing itself.