Migraines 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
- 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.
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