Millions of people suffer from chronic headaches and migraines every year in the US alone. Chronic headaches and migraines can lead to interference at work and in your daily life, so why not try something to alleviate your symptoms? Especially when the solution is pharmaceutical-free!
Studies over the years as well as individual testimonials have shown that chiropractic and upper cervical care (which is focused on the top two vertebrae in the neck) have reduced the frequency and severity of headaches and migraines. Some people even report that their headaches or migraines cease to exist after a few treatments!
So, how does chiropractic treatment stop headaches and migraines when it deals with correcting the spine? Well, your body is a complex machine and when one part is not functioning correctly, it can cause the rest of the machine to work or function improperly as well. Chiropractic care focuses on the treatment of the root cause of your pain and discomfort rather than just treating the symptoms. It does this by focusing on the body’s central command center – your central nervous system.
Your central nervous system is responsible for assimilating sensory information received by the body and responding accordingly. It achieves this through the communication between your spinal cord and your brain. Your spine, or vertebrae, protects your spinal cord and the communication it carries to your brain. A misalignment, which is a shift of a vertebrae from its proper position, can disrupt this communication. Stress, posture, injury, and over extension are just some of the ways that your spine can become misaligned.
Signals traveling to the brain may be misinterpreted or the stress of combating the disruptions in communication along your spinal cord can trigger a headache or migraine. By correcting the misalignments in the vertebrae, a chiropractic or upper cervical doctor is able to clear the central nervous system of blockages or interruptions of signals. Once cleared, the central nervous system is able to function properly and respond correctly to your body’s signals, which leads to fewer, less severe, or non-existent headaches and migraines.