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Chiropractic & Migraines

There are a number of thoughts as to what causes a migraine headache, but no one knows definitively. It is believed to be caused by reactions in the central nervous system that lead to various effects in the body; among them inflammation of the blood vessels and nerves in the head.

In actuality, there might be a cause worth talking about, and it is something that has actually been known by chiropractors for over 120 years.

When you experience a trauma of any kind, be it the birth process, falling down as a toddler, slipping on ice, falling off a horse, or being involved in a car accident, oftentimes the top vertebra in our spine, atlas or C1, can be jarred from its normal position.

This vertebra is the only one in the entire spine not connected by discs to the C2 vertebra below, also known as the axis. It is held in place by ligaments and tendons alone. In the case of an injury, these ligaments and tendons can be stretched to make way for the C1′s new position.

Sitting just above the atlas is the brain stem, which is essentially where the spinal cord meets the brain. The brain stem is the part of your nervous system that controls and regulates all of your necessary and vital organ functions; things like breathing, heart beat, blood pressure, coordination, balance, immune system.

When the atlas has displaced ever so slightly into the spinal canal, this added stress and tension disrupts the quality of communication between the nervous system and the rest of the body. This is what we call a vertebral subluxation. This vertebral subluxation can lead to various problems throughout the body, not the least of which are migraine headaches.

Upper cervical chiropractic care is a very gentle and specific form of chiropractic that specifically address the vertebral subluxation. Removing the vertebral subluxation ensures proper flow of communication between the nervous system and the rest of the body. This is what allows healing properties and the full range of proper brain stem function to effectively coordinate your vital organ systems. This is also what can also diminish those migraine headaches to virtually nothing over the course of time, leaving you with a happy, migraine-free life.

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