Often you can feel a headache coming on. The pain may make it difficult to concentrate and finish your daily tasks. Bright lights and sounds may make it worse. Do you know what type of headaches you have?
Migraine vs. Tension headache (1,2,3)
- Throbbing, severe pain
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Pain felt on one side of the head
- Nausea or vomiting
- May see lights or spots prior to migraine onset
- Achy pain
- Mild to moderate pain level
- Usually felt on both sides of head – in a “hatband pattern” or at forehead, temples, sometimes base of skull
Whether you have migraines or tension headaches, it is important to address their root cause.
Your Neck and Migraines
Your spine is designed to protect your spinal cord. Your spinal cord is essential for proper body function – it sends messages to and from your brain. When the top bone in your spine (atlas) is out of proper alignment, it creates pressure in the spinal cord. This pressure distorts the messages being sent along the spinal cord. This may result in facial or head pain, muscle spasms, or other migraine symptoms.
I am trained in Blair technique, an incredibly specific chiropractic approach. The Blair Technique is designed to correct atlas misalignments in a gentle, precise manner. Through realigning the atlas, the spinal cord has reduced pressure. This allows for proper nerve messages to travel to and from the brain, and may reduce migraine symptoms.
Elster presented the case of a 35-year-old female who suffered from daily migraine and tension headaches for 12 years. After 3 months of specific atlas care, her migraine symptoms were gone. (4)
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1. Nall R. Migraine vs. Headache: How to Tell Them Apart [Internet]. Healthline. 2015 [cited 13 January 2016]. 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 13 January 2016]. 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 13 January 2016]. 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 12 January 2016];2003(August):1-10. Available from: http://vertebralsubluxation.sharepoint.com/Pages/2003_1030_elster.aspx