Recent research published in the Journal of the American headache Society reports that people with frequent migraine headaches or a long history of migraines are at an increased risk of progressive brain damage.
Scientists from the Netherlands report that people with frequent migraine headaches or a long history of migraines are at an increased risk of progressive brain damage, according to research published in the most recent issue of Headache, the journal of the American Headache Society.
The scientists identified 28 migraine patients and examined their brains using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). They found that patients who had more than 3 migraine attacks per month showed significantly more abnormalities than those who had less than 3 attacks per month. The same was true for patients with more than 15 years of migraine headaches.
It is not known what the significance of these abnormalities is in terms of brain function or effects on overall survival. So, additional research is needed to investigate the cause, as well as the potential consequences, of these MRI abnormalities.
Drug-Free Migraine Relief Is Possible
Recent research is giving great hope to migraine sufferers. Dr. Scott Rosa, upper cervical chiropractor from New York has been doing some amazing research with upright MRIs. He’s been able to show that when someone has a misalignment in the upper neck it is actually changing the flow of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) to, from and through the brain. CSF is the fluid that lubricates the brain and spinal cord.
This research is consistent with the findings of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association, who was found at changes in blood flow to and from the brain with phase contrast MRIs in migraine patients with an upper neck misalignment.
The obstruction comes as the first few bones in your neck becomes misaligned and causes a backup of CSF and blood leading to increased intracranial pressure. When this misalignment was corrected by an upper cervical procedure such as upper cervical, the studies show that the pressure decreases by 28.6%! And the CSF flow becomes normal. The idea of the fluid (CSF and blood) collecting in the brain due to the poor draining and improper position of these vertebrae is under review for a cause of other conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease as well.
Dr. Tymothy Flory, Dr. James Weiss and Dr. Jameson Wong of Atlas Spinal Care in Upland, California are Upper Cervical Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas, Glendora and surrounding areas. 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.