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Natural Headache Relief in Chesapeake, VA

Migraine, Headache, Natural Relief, Drug FreeDuring a headache episode, sometimes it feels as though the pain will never go away. It can make it difficult to focus on work-related tasks with a pounding head. Some people even have nausea or sensitivity to light. Do you know what type of headaches you have?

Migraine vs. Tension Headache (1,2,3)

Migraine

  • Severe pain usually described as “throbbing”
  • Usually felt on one side of the head
  • May be sensitive to light, sound
  • Nausea
  • See spots or flashing lights prior to an episode
  • Triggers include: low blood sugar (skipping meals), lack of sleep, alcohol consumption, strong smells, and stress (2)

Tension Headache

  • Mild to moderate pain
  • Typically felt on both sides of the head – temples, forehead, and/or base of skull
  • Achy pain
  • Triggers include: lack of sleep, poor posture, stress, eyestrain (3)

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How are my migraines/tension headaches related to my spine?

Your spine is responsible for protecting your spinal cord. Your spinal cord is responsible for sending messages to and from your brain. When the top bone in your spine (atlas) misaligns, this creates pressure within your spinal cord. This pressure causes the messages going to and from your brain to be distorted. This may lead to increased muscle tension, pain in the head or face, and other headache or migraine symptoms.

Dr. Packer has received the highest level of certification in NUCCA – a chiropractic technique designed to locate and correct atlas misalignments. NUCCA technique involves a very gentle and specific atlas correction, with no popping or cracking. Through realigning the atlas, the pressure in the spinal cord is reduced, allowing proper messages to be sent to and from the brain. This may lead to a reduction in migraine and tension headache symptoms.

Elster presented the case of a 35-year-old female who suffered from daily migraines and tension headaches for 12 years. After 3 months of specific atlas care, her migraine symptoms were gone. (4)

Palmer et al. studied 47 patients with non-migraine headaches. After two weeks of care (and only one correction), the subjects had a significant reduction in headache pain. They found that after 3-4 months of care, their headache symptoms decreased by 75% on average. (5)

If you suffer from regular tension or migraine headaches, give Precision Spinal Care a call at (757) 382-5555

References

1. Nall R. Migraine vs. Headache: How to Tell Them Apart [Internet]. Healthline. 2015 [cited 17 November 2015]. Available from: http://www.healthline.com/health/migraine/migraine-vs-headache#Overview1

2.Silberstein S. Migraine – Neurologic Disorders [Internet]. Merck Manuals Professional Edition. 2014 [cited 17 November 2015]. Available from: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/neurologic-disorders/headache/migraine

3. Silberstein S. Tension-Type Headache – Neurologic Disorders [Internet]. Merck Manuals Professional Edition. 2014 [cited 17 November 2015]. Available from: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/neurologic-disorders/headache/tension-type-headache

4. Elster E. Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for a Patient with Chronic Migraine Headaches with an Appendix Summarizing an Additional 100 Headache Cases. Annals of Vert Sub Res [Internet]. 2003 [cited 17 November 2015];2003(August):1-10. Available from: http://vertebralsubluxation.sharepoint.com/Pages/2003_1030_elster.aspx

 

5. Palmer J, Dickholtz M. Improvement in Radiographic Measurements, Posture, Pain & Quality of Life in Non-migraine Headache Patients Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Retrospective Practice Based Study. Annals Vert Sub Res [Internet]. 2009 [cited 17 November 2015];2009(June):1-11. Available from: http://www.mccoypress.net/annals/docs/2009-1287_nucca.pdf

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