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
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
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.
"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!"
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