Migraines are a type of extraordinarily strong headache often leaving the person incapacitated until the pain dissipates. Many migraine sufferers experience sensitivity to light, smells, foods, chemicals, and loud noises. It is not uncommon to see a migraineur locked inside their bedroom with the lights off, curtains closed, and their eyes and ears covered. Sometimes the person will also experience nausea, vomiting, stomach pain and pain in the upper neck.

What causes Migraines?

Scientists do not currently agree on the cause of migraines. Originally, many thought migraines were caused by changes in brain circulation. Now they are thinking changes in circulation are a consequence and not the initial cause. Recent research suggests migraines are caused by overactive nerve cells that send out signals that trigger the trigeminal nerve, which innervates your head and face. This causes your body to release chemicals like serotonin and calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP). CGRP makes blood vessels in the lining of your brain swell. Then, neurotransmitters cause inflammation and pain.

Current thinking is that hormones, foods, stress, chemicals, medications, or poor sleep can overstimulate the nerves thus triggering the migraine. There are many different types of migraines: migraine with aura (classic migraine), migraine without aura (common migraine), menstrual migraine, silent migraine, abdominal migraine, vestibular migraine, ophthalmic migraine, hemiplegic migraine, migraine with brainstem aura, and status migrainosus.

Blair Chiropractic and Migraines

A misalignment in the Upper Cervical spine (neck) can affect the function of the brainstem. This, in turn, can cause migraine headaches. Car accidents, sports injuries, work-related injuries, physical or emotional stress, falls, or even birth trauma can cause upper cervical misalignments.

For over 50 years, Blair Chiropractors have helped thousands of people suffering from various types of migraines. Based on current science, we know there is usually a trigger in a person with nerves susceptible to overstimulation. Therefore, the formula to correct the problem must involve avoiding (if possible) the trigger, while improving and maintaining proper nerve function.

When Migraine sufferers go to a Blair Chiropractor for the first time, the doctor will take a health history to attempt to discover potential triggers. Next, a physical examination including 3D Upper Cervical Imaging will show if the patient has an Upper Cervical Subluxation, sometimes referred to as Cranio-cervical junction syndrome or Cervico-cranial syndrome. Not everyone with an Upper Cervical Subluxation has migraines.


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