A recent or even past injury may be to blame for your migraines. This is particularly true if the injury or accident resulted in whiplash. A car accident at just 5 mph is sufficient for causing whiplash, so do not discount minor injuries or accidents. Unfortunately, whiplash is often treated with pain relievers and nothing is done to repair the connective tissue damage that was suffered as a result of the trauma. The result is continued degeneration of tissue as well as the spine. Why is connective tissue so important?
The Role of Connective Tissue in the Body
What does connective tissue actually do? Here are some of the important functions:
- Protects vital organs
- Stores energy
- Responds to injury (inflammation)
- Provides support for the body (and particularly the spine)
- Hormone support
- Epithelium support
The Effect on the Spine When Connective Tissue Is Damaged
When connective tissue suffers damage, the spine loses vital support. Degeneration of the spine can occur next. If the uppermost vertebrae become misaligned, cerebrospinal fluid and blood flow to the brainstem can be reduced. The result can be migraines.
How can proper vascular and nervous system function be restored? At Synergy Chiropractic, we use the Atlas Orthogonal method to locate and correct upper cervical misalignments. When gentle and specific adjustments are used to correct misalignments of the C1 and C2 vertebrae, the body can often restore normal function. As a result, migraines may be reduced in frequency or severity and can even resolve completely.
If you have experienced a whiplash-type injury in the past and are now experiencing migraines, the underlying cause may be a misalignment. We encourage you to seek an examination in order to determine if upper cervical care can help to provide long-lasting migraine relief for you.
Dr. John Pairmore and Dr. Dennis Young of Pairmore and Young Synergy Chiropractic, in Anchorage, Alaska have 44 years of combined clinical experience. Their anchorage chiropractic clinic is the only office in Alaska that has the specialized Atlas Orthogonal Adjusting Instrument. Dr. Pairmore and Young also serve Fairbanks, Wasilla, and Eagle River along with the entire state of Alaska. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, whiplash and other neck injuries, chronic back pain, sciatica and more. Learn more about Our Team.