Christensen Chiropractic-Dr. Barbara Christensen, NUCCA Chiropractor, Enola, Pennsylvania

 

Dr. Barbara Christensen
NUCCA
Chiropractor

Specializing in disorders of the nervous system

 

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Migraines

A migraine headache is characterized by an intense, throbbing pain, most often on one side of the head and sometimes involving the neck. Extreme sensitivity to light and sound, nausea and vomiting, and coldness in the hands or feet may accompany the migraine headache.
An "aura," a visual disturbance that appears as flashing lights, jagged lines, or a temporary vision loss sometimes occurs before the headache. Migraines typically occur 1 to 4 times per month and last, on average, from 4 to 72 hours. Migraine triggers are numerous and include lack of food or sleep, bright lights, hormonal changes (in women), anxiety, stress, weather changes, and certain drugs.

How NUCCA treatment can help painful migraines

Brain with Migraine HeadacheAlthough the exact cause of migraine is still unknown, there is evidence to suggest that migraine headaches may be triggered by trauma to the head and neck area. The pain may not develop until years later. The standard approach to managing migraines has been drug therapy; drugs, however, do not treat the root cause of the disorder and often have unpleasant side effects.

NUCCA can help provide migraine pain relief by alleviating any misalignments in the vertebrae of the upper cervical spine (upper neck) caused by trauma such as auto accidents or sports injuries, as well as poor posture. These misalignments cause irritation to the nerves traveling between the brain and spinal cord and to the blood vessels traveling to the head. Nerve irritation and altered blood flow has been directly associated with migraines. By correcting the vertebrae in the upper neck, normal nerve and blood flow is returned and many patients suffering from migraine headache pain are able to get long term relief from their symptoms.

Specific imaging studies of the cervical region are taken to locate a vertebral misalignment. If a misalignment has been found to affect the function of the nervous system, very specific gentle adjustments are made, to correct the misaligned vertebrae in the neck. After the adjustment has been performed, follow-up imaging studies are taken to confirm a successful spinal correction.

Christensen Chiropractic in Enola, PA specializes in Upper Cervical chiropractic care. The most common symptoms treated at this office are back/neck pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and migraines. Dr. Christensen has taken advanced course work in the treatment of migraine headaches, and has experienced a great deal of success with this condition.

Patients speak:

"I have had daily headaches and migraines since High School, now thatís 20 years! Since seeing Dr. Barb, I have only very infrequent mild headaches. My entire life has changed!" Cindy G.

"Iím 86 years old, and suffered from migraines almost daily. I could not believe that at my age, a chiropractor could help me. But she did. Now I donít have headaches at all, a miracle!" Linda C.

Christensen Chiropractic  354 East Penn Drive, Enola 728-1990


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