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The Prevalence of Chronic Headaches and Migraines
What Causes Headaches?
More than 38 million people in the U.S. suffer from migraine headaches. While they may not be as common as tension headaches, migraine headaches tend to be more severe.Migraines can be accompanied by nausea; vomiting; a visual aura; sensitivity to light, noise, or odors; loss of appetite; and upset stomach or abdominal pain. When a child is having a migraine, he or she often looks pale, feels dizzy, and has blurred vision, fever, and upset stomach, along with the symptoms listed above.
The exact cause of migraines is currently unknown; however, the primary theory is that it is a neurovascular disorder related to the brainstem and neurovascular supply to the head, which is derived from the neck. The brainstem is protected by the atlas, or the top bone of your spine, which has the most important job in the spine.
Your brainstem coordinates the autonomic nervous system, which includes hormone release and immune response, both of which can account for a significant percentage of migraines. When even mild physical pressure from the atlas occurs at the brainstem due to a misalignment of the atlas in relation to the vertebrae adjacent to it, all the autonomic functions of the body can be impacted, resulting in various symptoms, including migraines.
How We Treat Headaches
Chiropractic adjustments and massage are very effective in relieving symptoms naturally, but when the proper corrective approach is taken, we can decrease susceptibility for good. Our headache specialists have effectively returned our patients to a more normalized structure and posture by realigning their neck curve and repositioning the head over the shoulders through:
- Remodeling exercises
- Remodeling traction
- Mirror image chiropractic adjustments
- Massage therapy
The blend and specific application of these treatments are specific to each individual. We witness a significant reduction in frequency and severity of tension headaches, which corresponds with the improved structural alignment we will show you on x-rays as treatment unfolds.
Neck x-rays of chronic tension headache sufferers have shown us that they have little to no curvature and/or their head has shifted forward in relation to their shoulders. This puts more strain on the muscles of the neck (think of holding a bowling ball in front of you with arms extended versus holding it in close to your chest) and puts pressure on the delicate nerves and blood vessels that supply the scalp with sensory and functional information. This leaves the individual more susceptible to tension headaches.
We treat migraines in our office with a combination of specific adjustments to the atlas and adjacent vertebrae, focusing on returning them to the scientific normal alignment, potentially diet modification based on results from food allergy testing, and addressing vitamin or mineral deficiencies.
To treat migraine headaches, our migraine specialists typically must work to properly align the atlas, removing the physical stress to the brainstem and allowing the autonomic nervous system to work properly. In some cases, we have found that migraines can be a response to a food sensitivity or allergy. In addition to atlas alignment, we may recommend a food allergy test that reveals any foods your body has developed antibodies to, in which case we would recommend eliminating those foods from your diet as part of treatment. We may also find through the course of testing that your body has a nutrient deficiency, which can exacerbate the effects of migraines. Dietary changes and supplementation may be recommended in cases where nutrient deficiencies are a factor.
- Aligning the atlas and removing physical stress
- Food allergy and sensitivity testing
- Addressing vitamin or mineral deficiencies
- Massage therapy
- Remodeling exercises and traction
- Mirror image chiropractic adjustments
How We Treat Headaches Differently
At Corrective Chiropractic, we approach headaches differently than what you may see in a drug advertisement. First, you need to have a diagnosis and determine the cause of your pain. Once the cause is determined, then true corrective action can take place. We pay special attention to how your spine moves and its posture, especially the neck region. Many different studies have shown that spinal sprains and injuries can produce head pain. And randomized clinical trials have shown that when these spinal problems are addressed with adjustments, the headaches largely disappear, without the side effects commonly seen with prescription medications.
Despite what the commercials say on TV, just diagnosing headaches as a problem and driving to the drug store for a bottle of pills is not the solution. Yet many of us suffer from daily headaches for years and never realize there’s an easier, more natural solution that doesn’t involve medication.
But, every case is different. Without an examination, it’s impossible to know if you have a spinal problem and whether this is the cause of your headaches. Our integrated health clinic offers complementary services to help uncover the range of potential root causes so we can create the most effective treatment plan possible.
The goal of our integrated health practice is to remove the barriers preventing you from doing more of the things you love. Once we correct the source of your neck pain, we have the resources to help you keep improving your health in service of your other goals. From correcting spinal issues to achieving your fitness goals, we’d love to help you feel (and be!) healthier.
How Are We Different?
We use scientifically proven correctional processes that not only reduce and eliminate pain but provide long-term relief and functional improvement.
Addressing Root Causes
We don’t just help you get rid of pain. We improve your spinal health by targeting the cause of the problem, not just the symptoms.
Education & Empowerment
We focus on educating and empowering you to achieve long-term relief so you can take control of your health and achieve your own purpose in life.
Most frequent concerns and answers
At some point in your life you are going to have to reach into your pocket and pay for your health. The sooner you do it, the less costly in terms of money and time it’s going to be. Choose to do it on your terms, not when you’re facing a health crisis.
While time is indeed a limited and valuable resource, you’ll have increasingly less of it, not to mention you’ll be less able to utilize it, as your health declines. Once it gets to the point of crisis, not only will it take more time and effort to resolve, but it will take them from your loved ones as well.
It’s only going to become more difficult for you as time goes on, not to mention the difficulty for you and your family if a health crisis occurs.
We are going to go at the pace that’s right for you, to ensure the treatment is not overwhelming or painful. At times, there can be mild discomfort as the body readjusts to proper alignment. We take precautions to ensure that this mild discomfort does not reach the point of acute discomfort. On the off chance that you ever feel more than mild discomfort after treatment, communicate with us. This is helpful in building the right treatment to correct your health and restore optimal functioning.
We make the education process a priority so that you can control your own health without depending on us indefinitely. We help you understand what your problem is, the process we will take you through to recover your health, things you may be doing that are contributing to your problem, and how to empower you to reach your health goals. Thus you are able to manage your own health by knowing what previous behaviors to avoid and what new behaviors to introduce so that your issue won’t recur.
How Effective is Our Approach?
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