If you are someone who suffers from migraine headaches, you’re familiar with the pain, throbbing, nausea and sensitivity to light / sound that can put you out of commission anywhere from hours to days. But you may not have to let migraines interrupt your life.
Upper cervical chiropractors have helped thousands of patients eliminate or reduce their migraines, greatly improving their quality of life. Now, new research and imaging techniques are helping us expand our understanding this healing.
Research studies point to dysfunctions in the nervous system, specifically the brainstem, as the likely culprit in many cases. The research of Dr. Seymour Diamond Executive Director of the National Headache Foundation, Dr. Scott Rosa and Dr. Raymond Damadian (inventor of the MRI) is showing that a misalignment in the upper cervical spine (upper neck) can do one or all of the following:
- It can cause pressure to nerves and disrupt nerve communication implicated in the underlying cause of migraines.
- It can contribute to cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) obstruction which causes “congestion” or higher pressure in the brain or cord. This pressure can also “choke” smaller blood vessel inside the brain. This fluid is very important as it “cushions” the brain and spinal cord and delivers essential nutrients to your central nervous system.
- It can constrict blood flow to and from the brain. Arteries carry oxygenated blood and nutrients to the brain while veins carry the deoxygenated blood and waste away. When this blood flow is constricted, it can contribute to migraine symptoms.
- It can cause tension on spinal ligaments that anchor the spinal cord. This downward tension on the spinal cord can lead to all the problems above. Such obstructions have also been found in neurodegenerative brain diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s.
Good News: Non-invasive Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Offers Solutions
The research of Dr. Rosa has demonstrated many cases of complete reversal of the conditions above. Dr. Damadian has even stated that adjusting the top vertebra of the spine (atlas) is a missing link in health care for treating migraines. We see that in our office too!
Here’s a great example of that. Debbie is a patient that had suffered tremendously from migraines for over 30 years. She has been through nearly all the medical tests and treatments to little or no avail. She had x-rays, MRI’s, taken powerful prescription drugs, had injections and tried traditional full-spine chiropractic but nothing truly helped. She averaged between 15-22 migraines per month.
Debbie had spent nearly half her life suffering until she heard about Upper Cervical Spinal Care from a friend who has been migraine free for over 3 years. Now, after care, Debbie rarely experiences a typical headache let alone a migraine. In the rare event she does, she rates it as a 2 or 3 on the pain scale (out of 10) instead 10 plus before care. Now, she recommends Upper Cervical to everyone!
A free, non-invasive upper cervical examination could determine whether or not this correction is the answer to alleviate your migraines. Call today for your free consultation at with Drs. Thad and Nikki Vuagniaux at Upper Cervical Care, Glen Carbon IL, 618-692-6992.