I’ve heard it said, “my head hurt so bad that it had to be a migraine.” People often mistake a bad headache as a Migraine headache but not all bad headaches are necessarily Migraines. Migraine headaches come in a variety of types and intensities. While it is true that some migraine pain can be quite intense, other migraine headaches present with little to no discomfort.
A Migraine Headache is a neurological condition that usually has a hormonal component to it. The most common presentations are the “Common Migraine and the Classic Migraine.”
The Common Migraine is often characterized by pulsing or throbbing pain on one side of the head.
The pain is often aggravated by physical activity and associated with nausea and vomiting.
The Classic Migraine is similar in symptoms as the common migraine but is preceded by an Aura.
An Aura is a sensory disturbance that often includes visual and olfactory input such as unusual sights and smells. In addition, a person suffering with a classic migraine may also have numbness and tingling on one side of their body and an inability to speak clearly.
How can chiropractic care help?
Most headaches, including migraines, have an upper cervical component to them. Misalignment of the upper cervical region can cause abnormal pressure on the spinal column and spinal nerves, which can contribute to the neurological condition
known as the migraine headache. By adjusting the misaligned spinal segments, inflammation is reduced and joint mobility is restored, normal articulation is achieved and a reduction of nerve pressure is accomplished. Often this will reduce or even relieve the headache symptoms. It is possible to have headache symptoms and no spinal interference at all. It has been my experience that most headache suffers have either an individual spinal
segment misalignment or a loss of the normal cervical curvature. The first step to determine if you have spinal misalignment or structure loss is to evaluate your spinal thoroughly with examination and spinal x-rays. Exact structure loss can be determined and measured then the proper course of treatment can be implemented for the alleviation of symptoms and the correction of your structure.
If you suffer from headache pain or migraines, you owe it to yourself to try Chiropractic care. The doctors at Pro Chiropractic can help determine your headache type as well as its causes and then provide you with the help you need for your headache pain.