Arguably one of the most common diseases around the world is headaches and migraines; both of which very multi-factorial in their causative nature. They also present themselves with a wide array of symptoms ranging from strictly pain in the head to blurred vision and even dizziness and nausea.
Symptoms of Migraines or Headaches include:
- Pain originating at the base of the skull
- Pain traveling through the temple region and the forehead
- Vice-like pain on the side of the head
- Stabbing pain through the eyes
- Facial nerve pain
- Blurred Vision
- Light and sound sensitivities
What Causes Migraines
Migraines are considered multi-factorial in nature, in that they can come from food, chemicals, physiological stressors, and physical stressors on the nervous system. Even though approximately 90% of migraines come from physical stressors on the nervous system, it is still important to consider the other 10%. Physical stressors consist of automobile injuries, sports injuries, whiplash, concussions, hard falls, and any repetitive micro trauma caused by poor sedentary posture.
Physical stressors will commonly cause damage to the spinal vertebra and nerves (specifically the nerves in the upper most neck). These nerves, not only cause neck tension and problems turning the head left and right, but are also the same nerves that feed into our skull and head. When these nerves become irritated they will quickly surface with symptoms of migraines.
Thanks to our fast-paced American lifestyles, our day to day activities will commonly stress the upper neck structures, spinal vertebra, and cause irritation on these nerves. Activities ranging from automobile accidents, working extended hours at a desk or any static position, and sports injuries put a plethora of stress onto the upper neck and spinal column.
Misdiagnosed problems in the cervical spine and inappropriately treated concussions and whiplashes are the most common source of long term migraine headache symptoms. Prior to a concussion or whiplash injury, a large amount of force must go through the upper neck ligaments allowing them to shear, tear and bend. In turn, this allows the upper neck vertebra to slosh around and impinge the nerves that feed into the neck, resulting in migraines. If you have had a recent concussion or whiplash injury it is very important to have a diagnostic examination done by an upper cervical practitioner.
Different Types of Migraines and Headaches
- 1. Tension Headaches: Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. Commonly caused by an abundance of stress throughout our days, tension headaches result in a vice-like pain that can affect any part to all of the head and even the neck region. We refer to these headaches as a “Monday Morning Fix” as they are generally pretty easy to fix. As with any problem, the longer the headache persists without any sort of treatment the harder they are to fix and the longer amount of time it takes.
- 2. Migraine Headaches: Migraine headaches always branch from previous stressors and injuries put on the body. These headaches are generally very consistent in their appearance and stem from injuries dating 5, 10 and even 20 years back. When a person presents with migraine headaches, one of two things is taking place. One, the body is auto-toxic (from chemicals and poor nutrition), and the migraine is surfacing as a way of screaming at you to make a change. Or two, the most common source of migraine headaches (accounting for over 90% of migraines), is that the migraines are stemming from previous physical injuries that caused damage to the upper neck muscles and ligaments. The ligaments of the upper neck are meant to serve as structural support platforms. When these ligaments get damaged it will cause direct stress and irritation onto the cranial nerves that feed back into the head every time you turn left, right, or side to side, resulting in migraines/headaches. These are very treatable, but it is important that you see an upper cervical specialist for maximum results.
- 3. Cluster Headaches: Cluster headaches are potentially the least enjoyable headache to deal with. Cluster headaches present themselves with sharp, stabbing pains in the head and/or base of the skull. If you are suffering with similar symptoms you need to call our office right away for a detailed examination before the damage becomes irreversible. These headaches come from upper cervical damage that was severe enough that the cranial nerves are being directly impinged when moving the head.
The doctors at Vertical Chiropractic Health Center are experts in treating Migraines and treating Headaches and any of their associated signs and symptoms. Being an upper cervical specialty practitioner, Dr. Rowh provides the most comprehensive migraine and headache relief care in the Twin Cities. Upper cervical chiropractic care has proven over and over to be incredibly effective and safe in treating migraines for a long-lasting correction instead of just a short-term fix.
Since everybody is different, there is no cookie cutter solution to migraines or headaches. Dr. Rowh’s first promise is that you will be treated as an individual. Putting together the appropriate treatment plan for migraines lies within the individualized examination. Via a thorough examination and diagnostic Motion-Study X-ray analysis, Dr. Rowh can get the exact measurements down to the millimeter of which bones are moving appropriately, and which ones are moving too much or too little, causing your migraines or headaches. From there, it is time to sit back and watch the pain melt away.
First Steps in Appropriate Treatment
The first step in appropriately treating your pain, starts with a detailed consultation and examination. Call the office today at (651)-300-0205 for a no obligation consultation so that you can get started on your path to freedom.
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