Migraines & Structural Corrective Care
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From kids constantly yelling to lack of hydration to accidentally hitting your head, headaches can be a major nuisance. What do you do when you don’t know the reason behind your headache or maybe even, migraine? Often times, we are quick to reach for a Tylenol and some water only to be revisited by the same headache. It should be noted that taking a Tylenol may only be masking the real cause of your headache (if it’s not due to dehydration). In this blog, we will identify headaches, and more specifically – migraines.
According to Harvard Health, the following are reasons for when you should worry about your headache:
- Headaches that first develop after 50 years of age
- A major change in the pattern of headaches
- An usual, severe headache
- Headaches that increase with cough/strain
- Headaches that are continuously becoming worse
Migraines, on the other hand, occur less often than tension or dehydration headaches. A migraine becomes diagnosed by a medical doctor or neurologist. Migraines also occur more frequently in women than men. The reason for this is unknown. According to Harvard Health, migraines are 2-3 times more likely to occur in women than men. One particular Harvard study found that roughly 20,000 men between the ages of 40 to 84 reported having a 42% higher risk of having a heart attack associated with this killer headache.
Identifying the onset of a migraine can be very important if you are new to having them. Migraines can occur with or without a warning. Knowing what is triggering the migraine can be very useful when it comes to treatment. Here are a few major migraine triggers:
- Drastic weather change
- Lack of sleep or oversleeping
- Emotional stress
- Changes in light, noises, strong smells
- Experiencing an aura
- Upper neck misalignment
As mentioned above, headaches/migraines are usually patched up with a Tylenol. At East Cobb Upper Cervical Spine Clinics, our goal is not to patch up your symptoms. Instead, our goal is to locate, analyze, and correct the structural abnormalities present through comprehensive procedures. Besides going to your medical doctor, it may be smart to check in with your Upper Cervical aka Structural Chiropractor. Upper neck-focused chiropractors address the upper neck region through a thorough analysis consisting of x-rays, thermography, multi axial structural analysis, neurological testing, and more. This type of care is known as Neurostructural/Structural Corrective Care. The goal of an Upper Cervical/Structural chiropractor is to correctly and specifically align the atlas bone, otherwise known as C1. Because the upper neck is neurologically dense, it is important the atlas remains aligned with the rest of the neck and obstruction-free. In turn, this optimizes the information going in and out of the brain – reducing interrupted information flow. Think of this way: traffic on the highway does not allow for vehicles to reach their destination, optimally. Traffic could be due to an accident on the road or construction. When the traffic-causing variables are gone, vehicles are easily reaching adequate speeds, thus reaching their destination. The neck spine follows the same concept. Additionally, a specifically aligned atlas will allow proper CSF fluid and blood flow throughout the entire spinal column.
Before reaching for a Tylenol from your medicine cabinet, I would like for you to know that there are comprehensive options to addressing headaches – including migraines, and putting an end to them. Structural Corrective Care may just be what you are ultimately looking for.
Your East Cobb Chiropractor,
Dr. Milan Modi