New Migraine Treatments Cause a Buzz

Migraines are a harsh reality for many Americans. Migraines affect an estimated 10% of people globally and are ranked as one of the top 20 of the world’s debilitating illnesses. In the USA, it is estimated that 1 in 4 per household suffers from migraines, which is an estimated 36 million Americans. Migraines have a grip on women three times as much as men.1

Migraines are a challenge for both people who have them and the health care providers seeking to provide a higher quality of life. Migraines are somewhat mysterious; the exact cause is not known as well as the symptoms are. Many treatments are designed to treat those symptoms rather than correct the underlying cause of migraines.

It is well known that migraines are prevalent in people who are subject to overstimulation of the brain and the surrounding nerves in the head, neck, and face. A new device has undergone scientific studies in an effort to give relief to those suffering from migraine pain. The device, which looks like a headband, gives off electrical impulses to soothe the Trigeminal nerves in the head.2 During a migraine episode, these nerves are often over-stimulated. The theory is to apply a mild electrical current to the over-stimulated nerve to trigger the nerves (which operate by carrying an electrical current) to relax. While this has been shown to offer some relief during an episode, it has not been proven to resolve migraines.

Patients are finding natural relief for migraines in San Diego, CA with Dr. Dan Spinato. As an Upper Cervical Chiropractor, Dr. Spinato is a migraine specialist who specifically specializes in the first bone of the neck known as the Atlas (C1 vertebra). The Atlas bone is regarded as one of the most important structures in the human body as it is located where the brainstem meets the spinal cord that connects to every organ and muscle in the body. When the Atlas is misaligned, it can cause adverse stimulation of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, which may produce headaches as a result.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic has been proven to help migraine patients in groups as large as 100 in clinical studies.3 By carefully adjusting the Atlas in the precise direction to correct the misalignment, brain and nerve function can be normalized which often resolves migraine headaches over time.


  1. Migraine research Foundation. Migraine Fact Sheet. (accessed 4 September 2015).
  2. Russo A, Tessitore A, Conte F, Marcuccio L, Giordano A, Tedeschi G. Transcutaneous supraorbital neurostimulation in "de novo" patients with migraine without aura: the first Italian experience. J Headache Pain. 2015 Dec; 16:551.
  3. Elster EL. Upper cervical chiropractic care for a patient with chronic migraine headaches with an appendix summarizing an additional 100 headache cases. J Vert Sublux Res 2003;AUG(3):1-10

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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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