Migraines: Natural Relief by Lifestyle Changes

Migraines are a way of life for many people, but by no means a way to live. Every year 12 million Americans are going are seeking relief from Migraines. It is estimated that one quarter of the entire US population has an ongoing migraine or headache condition.1

In this day and age of technology and information those suffering with migraines are now able to be more active in their healthcare and diagnostic tools are much more advanced. However the internet can be a dangerous place to manage any health condition due to the amount of information or misinformation. Many patients are more assertive for advanced testing that may not be necessary, cost effective and potentially harmful. Research is showing that the method of diagnosis and treatment for migraines is ineffective.2

Now many patients are seeking a natural way to manage migraine headaches other than the traditional methods. Migraine Specialist Dr Dan Spinato is helping these patients get relief from migraines in San Diego, CA. Dr Spinato is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor who takes a different approach to treating migraines and helping his patients by assessing the Atlas bone (C1 vertebra). The Atlas bone is very important as it house many of the nerves known to be related to migraine conditions. When the Atlas moves out of its proper normal position it will have adverse affects on how the brain and nervous system function, which commonly leads to migraines as an end stage result. By carefuy analyzing and delivering a specific adjustment to the restore proper position of the Atlas bone; headaches often resolve as the brain and nervous system normalize.

Scientific research has shown Upper Cervical Chiropractic to not only relieve migraines and headaches but also long term resolution. Studies show that natural relief can occur in as little as 1-2 adjustments as the Atlas bone returns to its normal state.3


1.      Neighmond P. For Headaches, A Lifestyle Change May Be Better Than A Doctor Visit. http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/05/11/404693609/for-headache-pain-a-lifestyle-change-may-be-better-than-a-doctor-visit (accessed 15 May 2015).

2.      John N. Mafi, Samuel T. Edwards, Nigel P. Pedersen, Roger B. Davis, Ellen P. McCarthy, Bruce E. Landon. Trends in the Ambulatory Management of Headache: Analysis of NAMCS and NHAMCS Data 1999–2010.Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2015; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-014-3107-3.

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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