If you have ever suffered from migraines, then you know just how debilitating they can be. Besides the intense pain they cause, migraines will interfere with every aspect of your life. Many don’t realize that 80% of chronic migraine sufferers will have a stroke at some point in their life. Unfortunately, up until this point, there hasn’t been much help or relief from the condition. The current treatment includes pain medication, anti- depressants, and now botox injections. While these methods may reduce the suffering of the patient, they are only temporary and do not get to the real cause of the migraines. However, with new research from both the medical and chiropractic community, hope may finally be here for long time sufferers.
Dr. Scott Rosa, an Upper Cervical Chiropractor, has been conducting research with Dr. Raymond Damadian, medical doctor, and inventor of the MRI, and what they have discovered is simply amazing. By using upright MRI’s, and CSF studies, they two believe they have found one of the major causes of migraine headaches.
Every day your brain is making about 500 cc’s of spinal fluid that acts kind of like the blood for the brain and
spinal cord. Once this fluid is made in the brain, it is transferred out of the skull, down the spinal cord, all the way down your spine, where it finally gets pumped back up to the brain. This fluid is very important as it delivers essential nutrients to your central nervous system. Dr. Rosa’s research shows that when someone experiences a head-neck injury, such as a whiplash, the top vertebra of the neck (called the Atlas or C1) will twist out of alignment. When this misalignment happens, due to its attachments to the brain, it will literally pull the cerebellum partially through the skull. The result is that spinal fluid will not be able to escape the brain, causing a backflow of spinal fluid. This backflow will cause swelling and will eventually crush the small blood vessels of the brain, resulting in a migraine headache. Dr. Rosa and Dr. Damadian have provided studies with images to show how the upper neck misalignment is affecting the flow of spinal fluid as well as blood flow. What is more impressive is that Dr. Rosa has also provided images after adjusting the upper neck that shows a complete reversal of the condition. Dr. Damadian has even stated publicly that adjusting the atlas (C1) is a missing link in health care. While chiropractors have always had great success with migraine sufferers, this new research can pinpoint the exact reason why.
The upper cervical spine (upper neck) is one of the most complicated areas in the entire body. While almost all
chiropractors adjust the upper neck, there are a group of chiropractors who specialize in adjusting the atlas and are commonly known as “Upper Cervical Chiropractors.” Typically, when an upper cervical chiropractor adjusts your neck, there is no twisting, popping, or turning of the neck. They use advanced imaging to assure a specific adjustment that will hold in place. It is a very gentle and safe procedure that has changed many lives. Below is a testimonial of a patient who found Migraine relief in Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care:
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.