By current estimates, almost half of the worldwide population suffers from migraines or headaches. The stress of life today is compounded for those with a headache disorder. Finding someone to properly diagnose and treat the problem can add to that stress. For many, it can be frustrating trying to find a health care provider who will look past just treating symptoms and find the root cause of the issue. Fortunately, there are certain neurological explanations for some of these disorders.
The brainstem is a communication center between the body and the brain. It extends into the top portion of the neck and is the passageway through which communication signals are sent and received. Should these important pathways be hindered in some way, oxygen, cerebrospinal fluid, and blood flow can be impeded.
Migraines and Your Spine
The upper neck vertebrae lie just under the brainstem and house important structures that bridge it and the body. If these vertebrae were to be moved from their original positions, it can have adverse effects on the blood flow and distort proper neurological function. How can a misalignment be determined, and what can be done to correct matters?
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An upper cervical chiropractor can examine the area to see if the vertebrae are out of alignment. We do this using specialized equipment and x-rays. Specific adjustments are made without twisting, cracking, or popping. The technique is gentle, and adjustments are only made if the vertebrae are actually out of alignment.
Most health care providers are unaware that these conditions can be at the root of migraine pain and headaches. Often, they may rule out food or environmental triggers, but lasting relief can be difficult to realize. Ensuring that the upper cervical region of the spine is in proper alignment can open communication and flow routes that are imperative to neurological health. Often those who seek this type of treatment experience significant benefits that may, for some, prove permanent.
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