Migraine headaches are a debilitating condition that affects as much as 46% of the population globally.1 Migraines are a challenge to properly diagnose and treat for various doctors and health care providers. Many patients who are suffering from this condition know that most treatments revolve around prescription drugs, now many people are looking for a natural way to deal with migraines and other headaches.

Many healthcare providers are looking for ways to help people with Migraines including dentists. One dentist in Pennsylvania is looking at the role of the muscles in the head, neck, and jaw. This dentist is changing the way forces are transmitted through the jaw because of its relation ship to what controls everything in the body, the brainstem. By changing neuromuscular patterns it changes the chemistry of the nucleus around the brainstem, thus reducing migraines.

This is nothing new for Migraine expert, Dr Tymothy Flory in Upland, CA, an Upper Cervical Chiropractor that focuses on the proper position of the Atlas (C1) vertebra. Many patients come in with Migraine Headaches and jaw pain only to find after specialized test that the cause is related to the Atlas bone. When the Atlas is not in its normal position it distorts the musculature around the jaw due to the extremely close proximity of the two structures. Also the main muscles that move the jaw controlling its position are innervated by the Facial Nerve/CN V, which is very susceptible to dysfunction when the Atlas is misaligned.

Dr Flory performs a detailed history and examination to determine the exact cause of jaw, typically Atlas misalignment. A custom adjustment is made which is tailored to each patient. When the Atlas misalignment is correct by an adjustment, it allows the surrounding muscles to return to their proper length and position and the affected Facial nerve to proper neurological function. It is common when the Atlas and jaw have been corrected that Migraines headaches resolve naturally.

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.