Migraines & Headaches

June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. In this post we’re going to talk about how Upper Cervical Chiropractic can help alleviate headaches and migraines with atlas adjustments. 

If you have ever had a migraine headache, you know the pain can be debilitating. Migraine sufferers can experience pain, sensitivity to light or sound, nausea and vomiting, visual disturbances, numbness and tingling, and have difficulty concentrating and communicating. Common triggers for migraines are stress, hunger, weather changes, hormonal changes, caffeine, and head or neck trauma. Typical treatments for migraines usually include over the counter and prescription medications, which can lead to other serious side-effects.

It is important to understand that triggers for migraines are not the cause of the migraine itself. According to Dr. Seymour Diamond of the National Headache Foundation, it is believed that headaches are caused by a malfunctioning in the brain stem. This malfunction increases swelling of blood vessels surrounding the brain setting up a chain reaction resulting in a migraine headache.

As we know, a misalignment of the Atlas can affect the function of the brain stem that causes miscommunication between the brain and the body. A specific series of x-rays are studied to find the exact degree of misalignment so a precise adjustment can be made to the atlas. An atlas in alignment increases blood flow and helps restore normal function the brain stem and nervous systems.

At Dr. Ngo Chiropractic, we have had much success in treating patients suffering with migraines and headaches. If you or someone you know is struggling to find the root cause of their headaches, Upper Cervical Chiropractic may be solution to correct the problem and provide a better quality of life.