Migraines and headaches can be debilitating and prevent patients from engaging in everyday activities. In many cases, patients experience these problems on a recurring basis.
What Is the Difference Between Headaches and Migraines?
Headaches are pain or pressure in your head, ranging from mild to severe. Headaches can be caused by tension, sinus problems and other issues, and they can last for just minutes or up to a week.
Migraines are another type of headache. They involve severe, throbbing pain, which can migrate to the neck as well, and can last anywhere from four to 72 hours.
Other symptoms include:
- Pain on one side of the head.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Extreme sensitivity to any sound or light.
- Visual disturbances before the migraine, which can involve seeing lines or flashing lights, or even temporary loss of vision.
For those who suffer from them, migraines tend to recur once to four times a month. Some individuals have a genetic predisposition to these headaches, though they are three times more common in women than in men. In children younger than 10, however, they are more common in boys than girls.
Migraines can be triggered by:
- Women’s hormonal changes.
- Bright lights.
- Lack of food.
- Lack of sleep.
- Anxiety or stress.
- Some weather changes.
- Some medications.
What Is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor?
An upper cervical chiropractor is a professional who follows the standards and gentle correction procedures of the nonprofit known as NUCCA (the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association). NUCCA focuses on the practice and research of a unique form of gentle spinal adjustment.
How NUCCA Provides Relief for Headaches and MigrainesMore research is needed to determine the exact cause of migraine. Right now, there is no cure, and doctors generally recommend medication to treat migraines. Unfortunately, these medications often come with significant side effects and do not address the underlying cause. There is evidence suggesting migraines may be caused by trauma to the neck and head area, including trauma caused by car accidents, sports injuries, bad posture and other issues. Headaches may not develop until years after the initial injury. NUCCA practitioners offer upper cervical care for migraines by realigning vertebrae in the upper cervical spine, relieving irritation to the blood vessels and nerves traveling between the spinal cord and brain. In some cases, reducing nerve irritation and improving blood flow in this area can help reduce migraines.
Contact an Upper Cervical Chiropractor in New York for Relief
At Upper Cervical Chiropractic of New York, PC, we’re here for you. When you visit Upper Cervical Chiropractic of NY for migraines, we take imaging studies and use Insight Millennium technology to get an accurate picture of your vertebrae. This data allows our chiropractors to make precise, gentle adjustments by hand to correct any cervical misalignment. We then run follow-up imaging studies to ensure we address the issue thoroughly.
Our precise work is designed to alleviate your symptoms and get you back to your life. If you’d like more information about what makes Upper Cervical Chiropractic of New York the premiere New York chiropractor for migraine relief, contact our office.
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