Migraine headaches are among the most common ailments in the world. In fact, according to the migraine research institute, as much as 18% of women and 6% of men experience migraines in the US. That’s about 38 million people in total. Many suffer migraines nearly on a daily basis.
Besides the severe headache that many associate with migraines, there are numerous other symptoms of this neurological condition. Some of these symptoms include:
- Visual disturbances
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sensitivity to light, sound, and smell
Migraine Research Points Toward the Neck
In New Zealand, researchers have connected the alignment of the upper neck to the proper functioning of the brainstem. This is the part of the brain that is responsible for thing such as breathing, but it is also vital to proper pain processing, especially when it comes to migraine pain.
A simple misalignment of the C1 and C2 vertebrae can put pressure on the brainstem and disrupt its proper function.
Correcting Misalignments to Reduce Migraine Symptoms
As a result, many have noticed an immediate reduction in the frequency and severity of migraines following a gentle and specific correction of an upper cervical misalignment. This is the exact location in the spine that we focus on at Schrier Family Chiropractic.
Using the NUCCA technique to pinpoint misalignments in the C1 and C2 and to offer a precise adjustment that is tailored to each patient, we strive to provide the same kind of results for our patients as those in case studies have experienced.
In one headache paper involving 101 patients with chronic migraine or headache problems, the patients all saw benefits from upper cervical chiropractic care. Many even saw a complete end to migraines. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about what upper cervical chiropractic may be able to do for you.
Migraine research Foundation. “Migraine Fact Sheet.” http://www.migraineresearchfoundation.org/fact-sheet.html (accessed 14 August 2015).
Bell G. “Headaches are a pain in the neck.” www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/midweek/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503658&objectid=11492243 (accessed 14 August 2015).
Elster EL. “Upper cervical chiropractic care for a patient with chronic migraine headaches with an appendix summarizing an additional 100 headache cases.” J Vert Sublux Res 2003;AUG(3):1-10