Upper Cervical Migraines and High Blood Pressure
Due to the positive outcome of a 25 year old woman who suffered from high blood pressure, the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research reported the findings. She was diagnosed with high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, and had migraine headaches at least twice a week.
Before she sought upper cervical care, she sought relief for her hypertension by taking Hydrochlorothiazide for her hypertension. The possible side effects of that drug are numerous and include headaches, indigestion, fever, joint pain, nosebleeds, and more. The patient found a way to find relief from her high blood pressure without the risk of those and worse side effects through upper cervical chiropractic.
When she was examined, she was shown to have a blood pressure of 134/98 mmHg, which was determined to be related to a misalignment in her upper neck vertebrae. That determination was confirmed using an upper cervical X-ray. She received an adjustment that day and on follow-up visits she was assessed using paraspinal thermography, supine leg length assessment, postural assessment and blood pressure measurements.
Over the next 12 weeks, she continued to receive care. The result of her care after the 12th week was a significant decrease in blood pressure to 114/80 mmHg. She also reported that the frequency and severity of her migraines also lessened.
Other research done at the Hypertension Center at the University of Chicago Medical Center showed similar results on the blood pressure of patients with hypertension who received upper cervical adjustments.
Your Upper Neck and Your Blood Flow
That top vertebra in a person’s neck holds a 10 – 14 lb head, and it relies on soft tissue to help it maintain the head’s alignment on the body. A misalignment of the upper neck doesn’t necessarily cause any pain in that area, so it often goes undetected or uncared for.
Unfortunately, a misalignment of the upper cervical spine, can cause all sorts of damage including the improper flow of blood to, from, and throughout the brain. That can lead to brain and body changes that can result in high blood pressure and more.
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Dr. Ankur Tayal and Dr Matthew Kittleson of UC Life Chiropractic Centre in downtown Victoria, British Columbia are Victoria Chiropractors and Upper Cervical Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Saanich, Esquimalt and Vancouver Island. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, vertigo and dizziness, numbness and tingling and more. More information can be found on their website at http://www.uclife.ca/