Headaches and migraines are a difficult thing to live life experiencing. Perhaps worse than learning to cope with the condition, is finding an effective solution. Migraines and headaches are often considered one and the same thing but are actually much different, there are even different types of headaches. Here is what you need to tell them apart.
- Common Migraine: painful headaches involving light and sound sensitivity which may include nausea and dizziness.
- Classic Migraine: same symptoms as the Common Migraines but with the onset of an “aura” which is the feeling you feel as the migraine begins.
- Tension Headache: headache where your head feels like it is throbbing and tense.
- Cervicogenic Headache: sometimes a daily headache associated with a stiff and/or painful neck that travels to the head
- Cluster Headache: extremely painful headache that triggers symptoms such as; runny nose, tears, red eyes, and/or sweating made worse by exertion and alcohol
What to do:
Breakthroughs in science have lead to a new understanding of migraines and headaches. The cause is termed as Neurovascular and relates to the brain and position of the head on the upper neck. If the 1st vertebra (Atlas) is misaligned it will affect the blood flow and nervous system triggering various kinds of migraines and or headaches.1-3
Chiropractors who specialize in this area, technically termed the upper cervical spine, have been able to provide natural relief of migraines and headaches. Advanced training and procedures used by Upper Cervical chiropractors help pinpoint the exact cause of the migraine or headache. Research has shown that Upper Cervical Chiropractic has helped migraines and many types of headaches as quickly as one month and with as little as one specific adjustment.4
1. Hope through Research. www.ninds.nih.gov/health_and_medical/pubs/headche. Bethesda, Maryland: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institute of Health, July 2001.
2. Ebersberger A. Pathophysiology of migraine: models to explain the generation of migraine headache. Anaesthesist 2002 Aug; 51 (8): 661-7.
3. Hamel E. Current concepts of migraine pathophysiology. Can J Clin Pharmacol 1999 Autumn; 6 Suppl A; 9A-14A.
4. Elster EL. Upper cervical chiropractic care for a patient with chronic migraine headaches with an appendix summarizing an additional 100 headache cases. J Vert Sublux Res 2003;AUG(3):1-10.
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.