Cluster headaches are named for the fact they occur in cycles. This is perhaps the most severe headache of all and can even wake a sleeping person due to how bad the pain is. A cluster period may last for several weeks or even months before giving the sufferer temporary relief during a remission period.
As is common with other severe headache types, cluster headaches affect women far more often than men. The pain has been likened to a burning or stabbing pain that generally affects one side of the face and may extend from the neck all the way up to the temple. Other symptoms can include nasal congestion and a droopy, watering eye on the painful side of the face.
What causes cluster headaches? Scientists are still unsure, but one thing they do note is that histamine (an allergic response) is suddenly released during an attack as well as serotonin which has an effect on the function of nerves.
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Headaches are often related to a misalignment of the C1 or C2 vertebrae. This is because such a misalignment can often create stress on the brain-stem. This, in turn, can affect communication between the brain and body. Even blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow to the brain can be interfered with. Headaches are just one possible symptom of such an occurrence.
The idea is that removing the misalignment that is causing brain signal issues may be able to correct the sudden release of various chemicals for no apparent reason. This, in turn, may relieve cluster headaches. If you are looking for a natural alternative to prescription medication for your headaches, upper cervical chiropractic care may be just what you have been searching for.
Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic is a specialized form of care whose goal is to correct interference to the nervous system by correcting spinal misalignments in the upper cervical spine. As we have discussed, a misaligned upper cervical spine can influence the central nervous system causing irritation to the brain-stem. The goal of upper cervical care is to correct brain-stem interference.
Upper cervical doctors run objective testing to locate where interference exists in the neck. Then precise x-rays are taken to determine the direction of joint misalignment and its angulation. Once this information is gleaned the patient receives a precise gentle correction. There is no twisting, popping or pulling. After the correction is made the patient is monitored over time to ensure healing is taking place. The goal is for the vertebra to stay in its normal position for as long as possible. Our office has helped many patients recover from chronic health conditions that have not responded to other forms of care. ” Nature needs no help, just no interference!” We hope this information was helpful to someone in need.
The Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Technique is a specific system of analyzing and adjusting the upper cervical vertebrae of the spinal column. These vertebrae can misalign in such a way as to interfere with the brainstem and spinal cord as they exit through the floor of the skull into the neural canal.