Asthma Amplifies Migraine Pain

Migraines are one of the most common neurological conditions people face across the globe. An estimated 12% of the population suffers from migraines to the sum of 36 million Americans.(1) It is three times more common if you are a woman compared to men. The classic symptoms of migraines include head and/or neck pain, light and sound sensitivities, and even nausea. 7% of the population suffers from chronic migraines, which is considered 15 or more migraines a month.A recent look at people with asthma may be a predictor of migraines.

A recent study looking at people suffering from asthma on a regular basis reveals they may be more likely to develop chronic migraines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports about 7 percent of American adults have asthma. The cause of both migraines and asthma is not clearly known, but they have similar mechanisms that are related to each other. Both conditions are known to be related to blood flow which affects how much oxygen can get to the lungs and/or brain. It is more likely for people with asthma to develop chronic migraines.(2) One theory is that inflammation caused by allergens suppresses the amount of oxygen that is available to the body. The predominant train of thought is the relationship between the nervous system and overall body function.


One doctor is taking a different approach to helping patients get natural relief to migraines in San Diego, California. Headache specialist Dr. Dan Spinato is helping patients get migraine relief with Upper Cervical Chiropractic. By focusing on the role of the first spinal bone known as the Atlas, Dr. Spinato helps to restore the body to its natural healing ability. The Atlas is so important because the entire spinal cord and the nervous system pass through it, connecting the brain to the entire body. When the atlas bone is misaligned from its proper position, it affects the ability of the nervous system to self-regulate important body functions such as blood flow.

By carefully examining each patient for their exact needs and creating a custom adjustment, it is possible to make the perfect correction for each atlas misalignment. Large studies performed on migraine patients under Upper Cervical chiropractic care have shown that patients have gotten major relief and even resolution in some cases with as few as one adjustment.(3)


  1. American Migraine foundation
  2. Feller S. Asthma can make occasional migraines a chronic condition. (accessed 4 December 2015).

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NUCCA Chiropractic Care

What is NUCCA
The National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) is an organization of Doctors of Chiropractic dedicated to patient care, education and research.

Spinal health care using the NUCCA procedures focuses on detecting and correcting a small misalignment in the upper neck area. Gentle, non-invasive adjustments don’t require any turning, twisting or popping.

Your upper cervical spine (neck) area influences all areas of your body. Injury or chronic misalignments can cause headaches, migraines, neck pain, low back pain, weakness and more.

The NUCCA technique is currently offered by less than 1% of all the Doctors of Chiropractic.

Before the NUCCA procedure can be performed, I will sit down with you and discuss your history and symptoms. If I determine that NUCCA can help, a thorough examination and x-rays will be done. A complete report of your findings and treatment options will be discussed. 

First adjustment
Precision x-rays are taken of the spine before any treatment begins. The adjustment is performed with the patient lying on their side and the doctor applying a very light pressure behind the earlobe. A full demonstration can be seen on the video above.

The NUCCA procedure can be summed up with 5 major distinctions as compared to traditional Chiropractic:

  • Gentle adjustment to the neck with no turning, twisting or popping.
  • Precision x-rays to measure before and after corrections.
  • Total body posture and balance improvement
  • Greater stability to the spine
  • Hold adjustments longer with fewer visits

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