Migraines are a brutal reality that makes even day to day tasks seem challenging. A Migraine episode always seems to come at the worst time and always lasts longer than anyone would hope. It is estimated that 35 million Americans suffer with Migraine Headaches and 27 million are women.
Migraines typically present with an onset of an aura or throbbing around the top of the head. Symptoms include ringing of the ears, visual disturbances, and in extreme cases nausea and vomiting. As a health condition they can also cause healthcare providers of all types headaches. Each migraine case is as unique as the person who has it and treatment options fall short as they are typically generic. Common treatments include heavy grade pharmaceuticals or avoiding the common trigger foods such as; wine, caffeine and chocolate.
Some doctors are bucking the trend and instead of treating the migraines looking at the individual. A neurologist from Harvard has developed a regimen for migraine patients that involves getting patients off the prescription cocktail that is commonly prescribed. In a recent article the statement was made that: “Many medications used for headaches actually worsen the condition if they are taken too often.”1 Many patients and doctors are starting to use natural treatments for migraine headaches.
In Upland, CA patients are finding a new way to help relieve their migraines and regain their health naturally. Migraine specialist, Dr Tymothy Flory, is taking a fresh approach to this healthcare epidemic. Dr Flory is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor who specializes in the Atlas bone (C1 vertebra) and the brainstem. In his experience, Dr Flory has found that migraine headaches are often a result not the cause of the problem. The alignment of the Atlas which is the top bone in the neck is crucial to patients with migraines. Because the brainstem is housed in the spinal bones, a misalignment can cause neurological and vascular deficits which often lead to headaches.
In clinical research performed on large groups of patients with migraine headaches have not only benefited from Upper Cervical Chiropractic but many have even had complete resolution in as little as 1 or 2 adjustments.2 When the misalignment is properly measured and then precisely adjusted according to the individual needs of each patient, headaches often 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.