Chiropractic for Migraines & Headaches
Because of the direct relationship that the upper cervical spine and/or occiput (back portion of the skull) have on the brain stem. The brain stem sits down into the 1st and 2nd cervical vertebrae and has 12 cranial nerves. These nerves go back into the head and control everything in our head including the eyes, ears, nose and mouth. They also have a direct affect on whether our capillaries in our head our dilated (open) or constricted (closed) thus affecting the blood flow. By adjusting the spine the pressure on these nerves is lessened and the signal to the affected vessels is improved, causing vaso dilation and improved blood flow. In simple terms, less throbbing/pounding in your head.
Another aspect of headaches is what is called the cranio/sacral pump. This simply means the relationship between the head and sacrum (end of spine) that creates the movement of our spinal fluid. If there are restrictions in other areas of the spine between the head and butt the fluid does not move as it should thus contributing to a person’s headaches.
Finally, many peoples headaches are simply due to the fact that they have so much musculo/skeletal restrictions in their back. Their life creates stress either physically or emotionally that over time just leads to so much muscle spasm (tense musculature) in their neck and upper back that the result is aheadache.
Headaches have been successfully treated with chiropractic for over 100 years. Whether the cause is believed to be stress, hormone, work related and/or considered inherited, properly applied chiropractic care has tremendous success rates.