If you suffer from migraines, it is likely that you can think of an injury in your past that predates that start of the migraines. Weeks, months, or even years may have passed between the injury and the onset of migraines, but the two may still be linked. At least, that would agree with the findings of a 2013 conference on cranio-cervical syndrome and how it affects cerebrospinal fluid flow.
Migraines as a Symptom
This research help to consolidate information gathered by upper cervical chiropractic researchers dealing with the effects of a misalignment of the atlas—the top vertebra of the spine located at the base of the skull. The following were all listed as potential symptoms of an underlying atlas subluxation (misalignment).
- Migraines or pressure headaches
- Sub-occipital neck pain
- Position dependent neck pain
- Pins and needles or stabbing neck pain
- Headaches following changes in head position
- Headaches accompanied by tinnitus and visual disturbances
- Pressure headaches accompanied by loss of cognitive function
An upright MRI has been the primary diagnostic tool used in displaying the fact that an atlas misalignment can lead to an interruption of the proper flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The obstruction of CSF drainage can lead to intracranial pressure and all of the symptoms noted above including migraines.
Finding Relief from Migraine Pain in Anchorage, Alaska
Besides cerebrospinal fluid issues, a misaligned atlas can also lead to problems with blood flow to the brain and pressure on the brainstem or spinal cord. As a result, migraines are just one symptom that can spring from a subluxation.
Therefore, we want to encourage anyone who has suffered a head or neck injury, even if it is minor or not recent, who is now suffering from migraines to have an evaluation. Whiplash injuries, concussions, and other trauma can cause the misalignments noted in the study above. An upper cervical adjustment may be just what is needed to set a person back on the course to better overall health.
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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 at http://www.907chiro.com/our-team