Migraine headaches are all too common and there are plenty of treatments that can lead to confusion and being overwhelmed by the myriad of options out there. Migraines are more prevalent than we think with severe migraine attacks being classified by the World Health Organization as among the most disabling illnesses, comparable to dementia, and active psychosis. The ramifications of suffering from migraines is wide spread for some people. It can affect their work life, family life, social life, and cause fatigue, worry, and fear.
The upper neck connection
The upper neck, which includes the 1st and 2nd vertebrae are highly susceptible to injury. There are no interlocking joints that hold them in place and can cause a variety of problems if they shift from their normal position and stay that way. These 2 vertebrae both play crucial roles in:
- Protecting the spinal cord and brainstem
- Holding up the head
- Allowing blood flow to and from the brain
Aligning the head and neck allows for the surrounding structures to function in a more normal state. Take for example the nerves and blood vessels that run throughout the upper neck. They have been shown to play a huge role in the pathophysiology of migraines. Migraines have also been associated with the trigeminal nerve. Migraines involve dysfunction of the brain-stem pathways that normally modulate sensory input. NUCCA care involves aligning the structures that surround these delicate areas that are prominent in how migraines work. As the Association of Migraine Disorders states, people with migraine illness have a nervous system that is not working normally. It overreacts to stimuli and, when stimulated, there is an unusual wave of brain activity that leads to a headache. Calming and clearing the nervous system is an essential component to the migraine puzzle.
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