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Neck Injury, Migraine Causes, and Migraine Relief

Posted in Migraine, Migraine Headache, Migraine Headaches on Jul 31, 2018

Getting migraine relief can often be difficult and finding a solution can be more problematic in our symptom-based health care system. While medications can give instant migraine relief finding the underlying cause can be difficult.

Our mainstream health care system spends billions on researching a drug to treat the effects of migraines. It spends almost nothing on finding causes and long-term health solutions. Finding a long-term solution requires educating yourself about natural solutions that work with the body's healing system which can give long term migraine headache relief. 

It is estimated that 13 percent of Americans suffer from migraine and 2-3 million suffer chronically. In this article, we will discuss a little-known procedure that precisely corrects the junction between the neck and the skull. A prior neck injury can be an underlying cause of migraine headaches and its correction can lead to migraine relief.

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Neck Trauma Can Be an Underlying Cause Of Migraine Headache

In 1991 a research paper was published by Weiss HD1, Stern BJ, Goldberg J. in the Journal headache that looked at the relationship between migraine headaches and minor head and neck trauma. This is a synopsis of their findings,” Minor trauma to the head or neck is occasionally followed by severe chronic headaches. 

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We have evaluated 35 adults (27 women, 8 men) with no prior history of headaches, who developed recurrent episodic attacks typical of common or classic migraine following minor head or neck injuries ("post-traumatic migraine"-PTM). The median age of these patients was 38 years (range 17 to 63 years), which is older than the usual age at onset of an idiopathic migraine. 

The trauma was relatively minor: 14 patients experienced head trauma with brief loss of consciousness, 14 patients sustained head trauma without loss of consciousness, and 7 patients had a "whiplash" neck injury with no documented head trauma.

Headaches began immediately or within the first few days after the injury. PTM typically recurred several times per week and was often incapacitating. The patients had been unsuccessfully treated by other physicians, and there was a median delay of 4 months (range 1 to 30 months) before the diagnosis of PTM was suspected. 

The response to prophylactic anti-migraine medication (propranolol or amitriptyline used alone or in combination) was gratifying, with 21 of 30 adequately treated patients (70%) reporting a dramatic reduction in the frequency and severity of their headaches. 

Improvement was noted in 18 of the 23 patients (78%) who were still involved in litigation at the time of treatment. The neurologic literature has placed excessive emphasis on compensation neurosis and psychological factors in the etiology of chronic headaches after minor trauma. Physicians must be aware of PTM, as it is both common and treatable.”

In our Los Angeles Based Blair Upper Cervical Health Care Office we have taken care of hundreds of migraine sufferers. WE very frequently find that their causation in related to a prior neck injury. Neck injury displaces the first and second cervical vertebrae from its normal position by damaging the ligaments and soft tissue resulting in cord irritation and long term chronic muscle spasm patterning. 

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Finding Migraine Relief With Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic in Los Angeles

Our two Los Angeles based Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Offices have three doctors who specialize in the Blair Upper Cervical Technique. Many patients over the years have found migraine relief in our offices. The Blair technique targets the junction between the neck and skull. 

This area of human anatomy is of great significance because it houses the most critical structure for your body's health, the BRAIN STEM. The brain stem is the seat of control for most functions not under your conscious control such as cardiac function, muscle tone regulation, respiratory function, blood pressure regulation, vasodilation and constriction of the blood vessels and more.

When an injury occurs to the upper cervical spine it can cause a wide range of problems in the body including affecting the blood vasculature system which is what goes awry in migraine headache sufferers. Finding migraine relief can often be as simple as correcting this problem and allowing the body to heal itself.

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Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractors are specially trained to find exactly where and how your upper cervical spine has misaligned from normal. They determine this through extensive neurological testing and then take a precision x-ray or 3-d cone beam cat scan CBCT images to visualize the joint misalignment and angle. Once this information is gleaned it is used to make a precise spinal correction that includes no twisting popping or pulling.

If you or a loved one is suffering from chronic migraine issues come, give our office a try. We will do everything in our power to help you find NATURAL migraine relief and a long-term solution. 

We offer a FREE consultation and exam in our office so please call our office today! Los Angeles 213 399-7772 and Carson 310 324-6172. If you are outside of Los Angeles are still give us a call and we will help you find someone who is in your specific area.