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What You Need to Know About Migraines

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A common misunderstanding about migraines is that they are just a severe form of a headache. They are actually a neurological condition, meaning that they have a physiologic impact on the brain. Here are a few of the more commonly experienced symptoms:

  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Eye pain
  • Severe head pain usually on one side but can affect both sides
  • Described as pounding or throbbing

Other Painful Types of Headaches

Another headache type that can be debilitating is cluster headaches. This type of headache affects one side of the head repeatedly and in clusters (episodes that occur within a time span of a few hours or days). The experience is similar to that of drilling on the head, and thankfully they are fairly rare.

The most common type of headache is a tension headache, which occurs when the muscles of the scalp, face, and neck are contracted because of stress.

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How to Treat Your Migraines

The recommended treatment for migraines from a family doctor is usually a type of drug called triptans – one of the most commonly prescribed medications for migraines. Listed below are the names of prescriptions under that description:

  • Sumatriptan – Imitrex, Alsuma, Imitrex STATdose, Sumavel DosePro, Zecuity
  • Rizatriptan – Maxalt or Maalt-MLT
  • Zolmitriptan – Zomig or Zomig-ZMT
  • Almotriptan – Axert
  • Frovatriptan – Frova
  • Naratriptan – Amerge
  • Eletriptan – Relpax

It’s true that these medications have been proven to work well at providing relief; however, they also include unwanted and sometimes dangerous side effects.

Other suggestions for managing migraines include the following:

  • Avoid foods that may trigger migraine pain
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Get regular exercise
  • Do some relaxation techniques

Here are a few common migraine triggers:

  • Fluctuations in hormones that happen around menstruation
  • Oral contraceptives such as birth control pills
  • Sleeping too much or not enough
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Too much stress
  • Exposure to strong external stimuli such as bright lights, strong odors, or loud noises
  • Changes in barometric pressure
  • Certain foods or food additives:
  • Aged cheeses
  • Nitrates used to preserve smoked meats
  • Red wine
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • MSG – monosodium glutamate
  • Dairy products
  • Chocolate

The best way to find out what your migraine triggers are is to keep a journal where you list smells, visual stimulants, stressful situations, foods you eat, and what was happening during your migraine onset. This can help you make connections with certain stimuli that are possibly triggering your migraines. Other things to include in the journal may be stress levels, weather conditions, and activities you were involved in. Once you have found a few of your triggers, you can practice avoiding them as best as possible and hopefully experience a decrease in migraine onset.

Migraines with an Aura

Some people have a specific warning sign that comes on before the pain of a migraine. This can range from a blind spot in one eye to flashing lights to numbness or weakness on one side of the body. It can last several minutes and usually goes away as the head pain begins. Sometimes it lasts the duration of a migraine. These symptoms often mimic the symptoms of a stroke.

The 4 Phases of Migraines

There are typically four phases of migraines, although not everyone experiences all four.

  • Prodrome: 60% of people experience this with migraines. It may begin 2 hours to 2 days prior to feeling pain. This phase can involve moodiness, irritability, euphoria or depression, cravings for certain food, tiredness, constipation or diarrhea, stiff neck muscles, and sensitivity to smells or loud noises.
  • Aura: This phase does not happen with every migraine. It is usually a visual, sensory, or motor disturbance that happens before or during a headache.
  • Pain: Migraine pain is normally moderate to severe in intensity and develops gradually, lasting 4 to 72 hours. Physical activity will usually make it worse. It can be one-sided or bilateral. Bilateral pain is more common in those who do not have an aura. In some cases, people may experience vertigo, confusion, or light-headedness.
  • Postdrome: This is the period after a headache. Some people report feeling soreness where a migraine was and have impaired thinking. It is similar to feeling hungover and can come along with head pain, cognitive issues, mood changes, weakness, and gastrointestinal problems.

Help for Migraines from a Natural Source

While it is true that migraines can be caused by a misalignment of the neck bones, the promising news is that there is a natural, pain-free and safe way to correct this problem and even get immediate relief from migraines. Upper cervical chiropractors specialize in the knowledge and adjustment methods that are most effective for the top two bones of the spine. This is where the brainstem is located, which means that problems in the alignment of these bones can result in the sending of inaccurate message to and from the brain. It can also disrupt blood flow and the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. This makes a perfect situation for migraines to develop.

In our chiropractic office, we use gentle, precise adjustment methods that deliver healing results. Rather than using strong force, we are able to encourage the bones to return to their proper alignment through a comfortable adjustment technique. Returning the upper cervical bones to their correct alignment also restores the proper communication between the brain and body. For many of our patients, we find that correcting the spinal alignment results in a decrease of migraine frequency and severity. Some patients are completely relieved of their migraines. If these results interest you and you would like to know more about how we can help you with your current condition, please contact our office.

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If you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

4 Migraine Myths and Where to Find Relief

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A migraine is one of the most common headache types. They are disabling and often happen repeatedly. Migraines are moderate to severe in intensity and are known for throbbing and pounding head pain. In two-thirds of the cases, they are only on one side of the head. Migraines may be felt anywhere on the head, face, and neck. They are associated with sensitivity to certain odors, sound, and light. Nausea is very commonly seen, along with vomiting in some cases. This often gets worse when you move, resulting in having to lie still until a migraine passes. They have often been compared to alcohol-related hangovers.

When migraine pain is felt in the face, it can be mistaken for sinus pressure. If it is felt in the neck, you may think it is a flare-up of arthritis or a muscle spasm. Sometimes a migraine is accompanied by watery eyes, nasal stuffiness, and a sense of pressure in the face. This leads to many people thinking they have a sinus headache when it is actually a migraine.

As many as 25 percent of people with migraines have what is called an aura happen before a migraine. This is a temporary neurological syndrome that slowly progresses and then stops as quickly as it starts. The most common auras are visual disturbances: zig-zag lines, flashing lights, or blind spots. Some people have numbness, confusion, trouble speaking, vertigo, and similar stroke-like symptoms. You may have an aura and no head pain that follows.

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Migraine Myths

Many people who suffer from migraine headaches feel as if no one really understands them. Here are a few common myths about migraines that will hopefully help your friends and family understand you better.

  • Myth #1: A migraine is just a really bad headache. Because everyone has headaches and you feel pain in your head, it is the first thing people assume. And, yes, you are experiencing head pain, but it is a symptom of a neurological disease. A migraine is very different from a headache. It can include your whole body. It has been compared to stubbing your toe but the pain lasts for a long, long time. It is very important to educate your friends, family, and coworkers (including your boss) about migraines and why they are not just bad headaches. You may even want to get a note from your doctor and keep it in your personnel file so as not to encounter problems at work.
  • Myth #2: A migraine is a psychological disorder. This is simply not true. It is a neurological disease. These are very different. Migraines are much more complex than most people realize. For one thing, they are not just “in your head.” As stated above, they can encompass your entire body. Why are migraines so painful? Well, a lot happens during a migraine attack. For one thing, the blood vessels in your brain temporarily expand, leading to severe pain. This is often in a specific place or on one side of the head. A migraine attack can also cause vomiting and sensitivity to light, sound, and smells.
  • Myth #3: A migraine does not interfere with your social life or work. Migraines do impact your social life and your work schedule. Even important work deadlines or special family occasions can be missed due to the pain of migraines. Sometimes, the only thing you can do when it comes to migraine pain is lie in a dark room until it subsides. Moving or even talking can make the pain so much worse. If this happens when you have a special outing planned, you are going to have missed the outing. Educating friends and family ahead of time can hopefully ease some of the tension.
  • Myth #4: If you have a migraine, you are on your own. There is some truth to this one, as your local family doctor is not a migraine specialist. However, there are specialists available to help you find out what is going on. When you do make an appointment, be as specific as possible to help the person get a clear picture as to what is really going on. One kind of specialist that may be able to give you the relief you are craving is an upper cervical chiropractor. We have been trained to look at the root of what might be causing your migraine.

How Upper Cervical Chiropractors Can Help with Migraines

Migraines have been linked to a misalignment in the bones of the upper cervical spine. The C1 and C2 vertebrae are susceptible to misaligning due to their shape and mobility. Anything from a simple trip and fall to a serious car wreck can be to blame for a misalignment. These bones lie in the same area as the brainstem. If they misalign, a number of things can take place. They can put undue pressure on the brainstem, causing it to send improper signals to the brain. Another problem that may occur is these bones can act as a type of blockage hindering the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and blood flow from leaving and entering the brain. This is the perfect scenario for migraines to occur.

In order to realign these bones, we use a gentle method that does not require us to pop or crack the spine or neck. Rather, we encourage the bones to move back into place on their own. Once corrected, healing can take place and blood flow can be stabilized again. This leads to many patients seeing an improvement in the frequency and severity of migraines. Some see them go away entirely.

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if you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

Staggering Figures Reveal the Realities of Migraines

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefA migraine is not just a bad headache.  It is usually a combination of other symptoms that add up to an episode that can last from hours to days.  Along with a throbbing headache, migraine sufferers can also experience nausea, vomiting, extreme sensitivity to light, sounds, and smells, mood changes, cognitive dysfunction and more.  Migraines most commonly arise during puberty or young adulthood and recur every so often.  Most people know that migraines can take a person out of commission for a few hours, but few realize just how disabling they can be.  The following facts and figures are meant to shed some light on an extremely common and debilitating condition.

  • Migraine is the 3rd most prevalent illness globally.  This amounts to approximately 1 billion people who suffer from migraines.  While women are disproportionally affected (85% of chronic migraine sufferers are women), migraine also impacts men as well as children.
  • Migraines can be totally debilitating.  If you or someone close to you experience migraines, then you know how badly they can interrupt your life.  Over 90% of migraine sufferers cannot work or function normally during an episode.  Oftentimes this also means missed social opportunities and family time.
  • Migraines have a significant economic impact.  Costs of migraine treatment exceed $5 billion on an annual basis.  Each year, the cost of healthcare and lost productivity combined are estimated at $36 billion.  These numbers are staggering considering that migraine sufferers often experience concurrent health issues such as depression and anxiety.
  • Children experience migraines too.  10% of all school-age kids suffer from migraines and half of all migraine sufferers actually experience their first episode before age 12.  Infantile colic may even be an early form of migraine and was found to be associated with childhood migraines.  This can have a significant effect on a child’s ability to attend school and keep up with their peers.  Migraine-prone children miss school twice as often as children without.
  • Migraines can become a chronic condition.  Some people experience migraines only sporadically.  However, there are more than 4 million adults who suffer from chronic migraines, meaning that they have at last 15 episodes per month.  Aside from the obvious difficulties that chronic migraine sufferers face, they are also more apt to suffer from sleep disturbances, anxiety, and depression.

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What is Causing my Migraines?

Although much research is being done and information continues to evolve, migraine still remains a relatively poorly understood condition.  Because of this, it can go undiagnosed and undertreated in many people.  In the United States alone there are only 500 headache specialists to serve 38 million migraine sufferers.  Migraines are thought to be neurologically-based headaches, meaning that migraine sufferers might have certain changes within their central nervous system that makes them more susceptible to developing migraine attacks.  Other known triggers include lack of sleep, changes in weather, certain foods (such as aged cheeses or meats), red wine, and stress.  There may also be a genetic component – more than half of people who have migraines have a parent or other close relative who also suffers from them.

Since medication overuse is one of the more common reasons why migraines become chronic, more people are seeking out natural alternatives to try and halt migraine episodes in their tracks.  Many migraine sufferers are finding success with upper cervical chiropractic care.  Outcomes range from a reduction in the severity of attacks, less frequent attacks, and a complete disappearance of migraines altogether.

What Makes the Upper Cervical Approach Different?

  • Precise adjustments – we utilize very particular diagnostic imaging in order to measure each patient’s individual misalignment down to fractions of a degree.  What this means for our patients are corrections that are customized for each of their specific needs.
  • Adjustments are given only when necessary – Rather than automatically adjusting you on every single visit, we go through different measurements on each visit to determine whether or not your atlas alignment is holding.  If your atlas remained in place from your previous adjustment, attempting to correct it again would do more harm than good.  The length of time you are able to maintain normal alignment is what allows for healing to take place, not repeated adjustments.
  • A narrower focus brings a higher level of expertise – Upper cervical chiropractors often take additional seminars and courses to perfect their technique and carry additional technique certifications.  What this means for our patients is a more thorough understanding about how a subtle atlas misalignment might be contributing to your migraines and influencing your overall health and wellbeing.
  • Gentle adjustments – upper cervical chiropractic care does not require forceful popping or twisting of the neck.  We go to great lengths to determine exactly how your vertebrae have misaligned so we can tailor gentle adjustments for each individual based on their needs.

What all of this adds up to for migraine sufferers is an approach that has the potential to address the underlying cause of your condition.  Restoring normal upper cervical spinal alignment can correct blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow issues and can normalize brainstem function.  For many migraine sufferers, this has led to natural and long-lasting relief or even complete remission of their symptoms.

 

References:

http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/brain,-spinal-cord,-and-nerve-disorders/headaches/migraines

http://migraineresearchfoundation.org/about-migraine/migraine-facts/

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Migraines: A Surprising Way to Ease Muscle Tension

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefHeadaches and migraines are known for bringing tension and pain to the head and neck. In fact, there is a common type of a headache called a tension headache. When you are experiencing a headache or a migraine, it usually has to do with tightness in the muscles of the neck and the improper flow of blood to the brain.

Understanding Migraines

As many as 12% of the population suffers from migraines. Migraines include such symptoms as:

  • Sensitivity to light, sound, and odor
  • An aura before the head pain
  • Throbbing pounding head pain usually on one side
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Visual disturbances

Migraines can be very difficult to care for, leaving doctors and patients both frustrated and searching for answers. Each migraine is as unique as the person coping with it. Those in the medical field often cannot agree on how best to care for this painful condition. This leaves patients hoping for alternative ways to help their pain.

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How Muscles Impact Migraines

When looking at migraines, one area that seems to be overlooked, according to a doctor from Tufts University, is how the muscular structure of the neck influences migraines. If your muscles become tensed up, it may lead to dilation of the blood vessels, a reason for migraines to occur. This doctor recommends using Botox in order to shut down the muscles of the neck. This has been seen to give some relief, but it is temporary at best. A much better approach is to address the underlying cause of the muscle tension. But what is it?

Natural Relief for Migraines

Most people are trending toward more natural care for their migraines. Here at Mountain State Wellness in Morgantown, West Virginia, we understand the way that muscle tension affects the blood vessels in the brain. Our focus is on making sure the top bone of the neck is in proper alignment. A misalignment here affects the muscles of the entire neck, even causing one side of the neck to be tighter than the other. Using a gentle method, we help realign the atlas bone, helping our patients with migraines get some well-needed relief.

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What Research Reveals About the Root Cause of Migraines

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefMigraines remain a bit of a mystery among medical professionals. As one doctor put it: “They aren’t supposed to happen.” However, research is helping to reveal what is to blame for causing migraines. A connection has been seen between migraines and improper communication between the brain and body.

The brainstem is the communication superhighway of the body. Therefore, it would make sense that it may not be functioning at its best if migraines occur. A misalignment in the bones of the upper neck – the upper cervical spine – can stress the brainstem and hinder signals coming from it, leading to an improper flow of cerebrospinal fluid and blood.

The Research About Migraines

Studies observed 2 people who suffered from migraines due to previous whiplash injuries. They went through some testing involving an upright MRI machine, and it was revealed they both had a misaligned atlas bone (the top bone of the neck). It was also discovered they had a decreased flow of cerebrospinal fluid flow due to the pressure the misalignment was exerting on the brainstem.

Each patient got an adjustment from an upper cervical chiropractor to correct the atlas misalignment. Upon the next scan, it was reported that the cerebrospinal fluid and blood flow were back in normal ranges. This was after just one adjustment. The patients said their migraines were now gone.

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More research has been observed that reveals this type of misalignment also creates an interference in the spinal column leading to such things as:

  • Intracranial pressure headaches
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Neck pain

Upper Cervical Care for Migraines

Mountain State Wellness in Morgantown, West Virginia, offers a gentle, effective method to help realign the atlas. We do not pop or force the spine, but the method used allows the bones to move naturally back into place, thereby restoring cerebrospinal fluid and blood flow to the brain. This is often all that is needed to see fewer migraines. Some people see them go away and not return.

 

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lucas Watterson or Dr. Amy Watterson call our Morgantown office at 304-292-7740 You can also click the button below.

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If you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

Migralepsy—How Migraines Can Be Related to Epilepsy

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefMigraines are a debilitating condition that leaves the sufferer weak and exhausted. In rare cases, they may be followed by an epileptic seizure. This is referred to as migralepsy. There is much uncertainty about whether a migraine is a trigger for the seizure or the seizure brings about a migraine. Here is a list of common symptoms that accompany an attack of migralepsy:

  • Convulsions
  • Blindness
  • Hallucinations
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Headache
  • Flashes of light

Migralepsy is a neurological issue, and the side effects that happen afterward are very similar to an aura that can occur before a migraine. Therefore, it is nearly impossible to determine whether one is suffering from a seizure or a migraine.  A migraine is also neurological in nature and has head pain as one of its major symptoms. A person may actually be experiencing what is called an occipital seizure. This would be in line with another symptom of a migraine—visual disturbances. An occipital seizure originates in the occipital lobe of the brain causing issues with the way a person sees.
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Is There Hope for Those Dealing with Migralepsy?

If one experiences occipital seizures, migraines, migralepsy, or epilepsy, the good news is that there is help available. Finding a professional who understands how the body functions and how to help a person having these problems is of vital importance. At Mountain State Wellness, we understand the link between the proper alignment of the upper cervical spine and the elimination of many neurological symptoms.

It only takes a misalignment of ¼ of a millimeter to put enough pressure on the brainstem so that it does not send proper signals to the brain and body. Using a gentle method, we are able to move the bones back into normal position and restore the communication issues in the body. This often helps conditions like migraines and epilepsy. It may even help them to go away completely. To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lucas Watterson or Dr. Amy Watterson call our Morgantown office at 304-292-7740 You can also click the button below.

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Coping with Migraines the Natural Way

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefWhether a person has had one or more than one migraine, he or she might live in dread of when the next one may hit. Migraines are a very common problem, affecting nearly half of all adults. The exact cause of migraines has not been discovered, making diagnosing the condition quite difficult. This leaves sufferers un  able to know how best to deal with their pain.

Although why migraines occur remains a mystery, one thing that is known is that there is a link between them and a misalignment in the upper neck vertebrae. The brainstem is located in the area of the C1 and C2 vertebrae. These bones have the job of protecting the brainstem. However, if they become misaligned due to trauma to the head or neck, they can actually place stress or pressure on the brainstem causing it to malfunction. Blood flow to and from the brain may be compromised leading to a reduction in oxygen levels in the brain. Communication is also hindered. This is often the underlying cause of migraines and other serious health problems. Is there anything that can be done or does one just have to cope with the debilitating pain of migraines?

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and migraines download our complimentary e-book by clicking the image below.

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A Natural Solution for Migraines in Morgantown, West Virginia

One area that has seen much success in caring for migraines is that of upper cervical chiropractic care. Here at Mountain State Wellness, we focus on making sure the C1 and C2 are in proper alignment. We use specific x-rays to determine exactly where the problem lies. We can then develop a care plan with each patient that allows us to work at realigning the bones.

The method we use, NUCCA, is very gentle and does not require popping or forcing the spine into place. Rather, a low force correction to a specific area of the neck is all that is needed to encourage the bones to move back into their original position. Many patients, including those in case studies, have reported seeing a huge improvement in migraine pain after just one or two visits.
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How Headaches Can Result from Whiplash Injuries

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefIf you are suffering from headaches, one important factor in finding relief is considering how the headaches began. For example, you may have a history of head or neck trauma involving a whiplash-type injury. As a result, chronic headaches can set in. How does whiplash occur?

Causes of Whiplash Injuries that May Lead to Headaches

Any time the head is slung forward and backward or side to side too quickly, whiplash can occur. The head does not need to be struck. If the head moves fast enough for the brain to hit the skull, a concussion can also result. Thus, any whiplash injury may also have caused a concussion.

The following are common causes of whiplash:

  • Car accident
  • Sports injury
  • Being struck on the head
  • Domestic abuse
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Work injury
  • Roller coasters

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What Causes the Headaches?

Why do many people begin to suffer from headaches after a neck injury? The problem often begins with a misalignment of the top bones of the neck, the C1 and C2 vertebrae. An upper cervical evaluation can quickly reveal if such a misalignment has occurred.

 

Even a 0.25mm misalignment of these bones can result in complications such as reduced blood flow to the brain, pooling cerebrospinal fluid, or pressure on the brainstem. Any of these issues can result in headaches. Thus, correcting the misalignment may be the first step in finding long-term headache relief.
If you are experiencing headaches following a whiplash-type injury such as those noted above, come see us at Mountain State Wellness for an evaluation. We use a gentle method called NUCCA to identify and correct misalignments of the C1 and C2. Many patients find that headache severity and frequency is dramatically reduced by upper cervical chiropractic care. Some have even seen a complete resolution of headaches. Check out our testimonials page to see real life examples.
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Is It a Headache or a Migraine?

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefThere is a definite difference between migraine headaches and other headache types. Here is a list of symptoms that define a migraine headache versus a non-migraine headache:

  • Migraines are chronic and occur more often that other headache types.
  • Migraines are linked to anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and other psychological conditions.
  • Migraine symptoms can be triggered up to 24 hours before the onset. Other headache types usually begin shortly after a triggering event occurs
  • Migraines can last a few hours or up to 72 hours. Other types of headaches last no longer than a few hours.
  • Migraines are a neurological disorder, while other headaches happen due to outside factors.
  • Migraines are so severe that most people cannot continue with their daily routine. With other headaches, the majority of people are able to function normally.
  • Before, during, or after a migraine such symptoms as nausea, vomiting, vertigo, and sensitivity to light and sound may occur.

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and migraines download our complimentary e-book by clicking the image below.

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Where to Find Relief for Headaches

No matter what kind of a headache a person is experiencing, patients all have one thing in common—wanting relief, and wanting it fast. Often medication is taken to alleviate symptoms. While this may work on a temporary basis, it is important to understand that unless the underlying cause of a headache is addressed and corrected, it will continue to return.

A link has been seen between a misalignment in the upper neck and various kinds of headaches. This is due to the fact that the brainstem lies in this general area. Therefore, a misalignment of the top two bones of the neck can put undue pressure on the brainstem causing it no longer to work properly.

The brainstem has the vital job of relaying messages to and from the brain and body. If these messages are hindered, it can affect blood flow, nerve function, and how the central nervous system is working. This leads to headaches and other serious health conditions. Once corrected through a gentle, precise method, people often see their headaches lessen in degree or even go away entirely.

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Migraines in Children—Providing Natural Treatment

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefMigraines can be debilitating for anyone. It can be especially painful for parents to watch their children suffer from the condition. The array of symptoms that can be experienced seems endless. Some of the more common ones include headaches, nausea, light and sound sensitivities, dizziness, and vomiting. No wonder parents will do what they can to help their young ones feel better.

Treating migraines, particularly in children often presents a challenge for doctors. The most common approach is to prescribe certain medications, depending on the symptoms and severity of the migraine for children with symptoms occurring several times during the course of one month. The prescriptions most often given are NSAIDs, beta-blockers, antidepressants, and calcium channel blockers. Sadly, some of the medications are not as effective in children or have side effects that may be serious. For example, some may cause rebound headaches. These intense headaches may be worse than what was experienced before. Sleepiness and difficulty concentrating are also commonly experienced in young ones taking the mentioned prescriptions.

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Treating Migraines Naturally in Morgantown, WV

There are other techniques as well that may be sought after for relieving the symptoms of migraines. Natural solutions and certain lifestyle changes can prove beneficial. Here are a few of them.

    1. Regular Sleep
    2. Exercise
    3. Healthy diet
    4. Supplements such as feverfew, CoQ10, butterbur, riboflavin, magnesium
    5. Acupuncture
    6. Relaxation techniques
    7. Cognitive behavioral therapies

Upper Cervical Care for Migraines

Upper cervical chiropractic care is another natural method often used in the treatment of migraines. This method is gentle and measurements are taken for precision. The focus of the treatment is to remove the root cause of the condition. When the upper cervical vertebrae are out of alignment, it can impede proper function of the nervous system. Aligning the vertebrae removes pressure and restores normal blood flow and communication. A simple examination can determine if these upper vertebrae are misaligned. If this is the case, it could be the cause of the migraines.

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