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One type of headache is a Migraine headache. Migraines are severe, recurrent headaches that are generally accompanied by other symptoms such as visual disturbances or nausea. There are two types of migraine - classic and common.
A classic migraine has an "aura" or warning associated with it that precedes the headache. The aura is often a visual disturbance (like seeing stars or zigzag lines or a temporary blind spot.)
A common migraine does not have such a warning before the head pain begins. Migraines can often be quite debilitating. Migraines tend to affect women more often than men and are more common between the ages of 10-45 years old.
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 has been drug therapy; drugs, however, do not treat the root cause of the disorder and often have unpleasant side effects.
Chiropractic adjustments 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 x-rays of the cervical region are taken to locate a vertebral misalignment. If a misalignment has been found to affect the function of the nervous system, very specific gentle adjustments are made, to correct the misaligned vertebrae in the neck and fix the cause of the problem. By getting to the cause this will eliminate the need for unnecessary drugs, shots, and medications.
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