A migraine headache is characterized by an intense, throbbing pain, most often on one side of the head and sometimes involving the neck. Extreme sensitivity to light and sound, nausea and vomiting, and coldness in the hands or feet may accompany the migraine headache. An “aura,” a visual disturbance that appears as flashing lights, jagged lines, or a temporary vision loss sometimes occurs before the headache. Migraines typically occur 1 to 4 times per month and last, on average, from 4 to 72 hours. Migraines triggers are numerous and include lack of food or sleep, bright lights, hormonal changes (in women), anxiety, stress, weather changes, and certain drugs. Often an inherited condition, migraine headaches occur slightly more in boys under the age of 10 than girls but appears 3 times more frequently in adult woman than men.
How NUCCA treatment can help painful migraines
Although the exact cause of migraine is still unknown, there is evidence to suggest that migraine headaches may be triggered by trauma to the head and neck area. The pain may not develop until years later. The standard approach to managing migraines have been drug therapy; drugs, however, do not treat the root cause of the disorder and often have unpleasant side effects.
NUCCA can help provide migraine pain relief by alleviating any misalignments in the vertebrae of the upper cervical spine (upper neck) caused by trauma such as auto accidents or sports injuries, as well as poor posture. These misalignments cause irritation to the nerves traveling between the brain and spinal cord and to the blood vessels traveling to the head. Nerve irritation and altered blood flow has been directly associated with migraines. By correcting the vertebrae in the upper neck, normal nerve and blood flow is returned and many patients suffering from migraine headache pain are able to get long term relief from their symptoms.
Specific imaging studies of the cervical region are taken to locate a vertebral misalignment. Insight Millennium technology is used to scan and measure the nervous system for possible irritation. If a misalignment has been found to affect the function of the nervous system, very specific gentle adjustments are made, by hand, to correct the misaligned vertebrae in the neck. After the adjustment has been performed, follow-up imaging studies and nervous system scans are taken to confirm a successful spinal correction.
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National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Web site. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/headache/headache.htm. Accessed February 10, 2005
Useful Migraine Headache Links
- American Council for Headache Education
Nonprofit patient-health professional partnership dedicated to advancing the treatment and management of headache and to raising the public awareness of headache as a valid, biologically based illness.
- Migraine Awareness Group
Helps bring public awareness to migraine as a biologic neurological disease; assists patients, their families, and coworkers.
- National Headache Foundation
Nonprofit organization dedicated to educating headache sufferers and healthcare professionals about headache causes and treatments.
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
As part of the National Institutes of Health, supports biomedical research; good source of patient information on migraine.