Migraines have a devastating affect on those who suffer from its affects. Worldwide there are as many as 46% of the population with an active headache issue and an estimated 10% of the American population with the condition.1,2 Migraines are nearly twice as common among women than they are men.
Migraines are the most common neurological disorder amongst Americans. Currrently the treatment methods used for migraines typically involve; general prescriptions drugs, NSAID’s (such as Advil and Ibuprofen), and lifestyle modifications.
Currently there is a race involving 4 drug companies to producing the first ever drug designed to stop migraines before they even happen. Drug companies are trying to cash in on what is estimated to be a $4-8 billion market with a new miracle drug.3 The proposed drug is designed to block certain proteins in the body that are responsible for transmitting pain and inflammation to the Central Nervous System (CNS). Currently in clinical trials the drug has been shown to be less than 50% effective and in some cases as low as 20%. Overall the effects are relatively low and a large sect of migraine sufferers are looking for more natural alternatives.
While some companies may look at migraines as a revenue generator some healthcare providers are looking to genuinely help those in need. Migraine specialist Dr Tymothy Flory has been helping his patients achieve natural relief from migraines in Upland, CA. Dr Flory is a NUCCA Doctor that specializes in balancing the nervous system by focusing on the Atlas bone (C1 vertebra). This bone plays an important role in the how the body functions as it house the brain stem where the brain turns into the spinal cord forming the central nervous system.
When the Atlas is misaligned from its normal position often headaches are a late stage symptom. In a scientific review of 100 patients with migraines that had Atlas misalignments, all patients improved with as little as 1-2 Upper Cervical Chiropractic Adjustments.3 All patients improved and some even had total resolution.
- Stovner LJ, Hagen K, Jensen R, Katsarva Z, Lipton R, Scher A, Steiner T, Zwart JA. The global burden of headache: a documentation of headache prevalence and disability worldwide. Cephalgia 2007;27(3):193-210
- Wainer D. The Pharma Industry Thinks It Finally Has a Fix for Migraines. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-21/there-s-hope-beyond-botox-as-pharma-races-for-first-migraine-fix (accessed 24 July 2015).
- 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.