When Migraines Attack

Not just Headaches

When many people who do not suffer from migraines think of migraines, they often think of headaches, but headaches are only one symptom. Another symptom, which we will explore in this blog, is nausea. And that nausea could become so severe that it could cause a person who suffers from this neurological condition to vomit.

So, now the question is what are migraines and why is nausea a symptom? Though, we understand that understanding why nausea is a symptom is not as important as know what you can do about this debilitating pain that seemingly takes over your life when it strikes.

Well, no one is quite sure what causes this neurological condition, and many believe it may be the result of more than one reason. Research suggests it could either be due to an accident, genetics, certain activities, one's environment, chemicals release in the brain during a migraine attack, or dietary habits.

Solutions for Migraine Sufferers

It is not uncommon for a doctor to prescribe an antidepressant, beta blocker, or even an anti-seizure medication to those who suffer from this neurological condition. The purpose of prescribing any of these is to lessen the symptoms and thus reduce the suffering of migraine sufferers, but all of these have side effects.

Though, people who do not want to put foreign substances into their body do have another choice. The first thing they can do is to keep a food journal to help them determine what might cause these attacks. Though, as we said, those attacks may or may not be because of one's diet or allergies, so a food journal will not necessarily help a person get to the source of their pain.

Migraines and Your Upper Cervical Spine

Though, what will help a person discover the source of their pain is an examination by an upper cervical chiropractor. They will examine the top two vertebrae in a person's neck to see if there are any misalignments that may be the underlying cause of a person's migraine pain.

When those two vertebrae are out of alignment by just ¼ of a millimeter, it effects the brain's ability to communicate with the body via the brainstem. This often leads to various complications throughout the body including migraine attacks.

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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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