Migraines are becoming more and more common among the general population. Migraines are known for causing severe head and neck pain, sensitivity to light, sound, and smell, and nausea and vomiting. Eleven million Americans suffer from moderate to severe migraine pain. Three times more women than men get migraine headaches. Chronic migraines are migraines that happen 15 or more times in a month; four million of those living in the United States are affected by these. Recently, a link between migraines and asthma has been discovered.

Recent research suggests that people who experience asthma regularly are more prone to develop chronic migraines. It is estimated that seven percent of adults in the United States suffer from asthma. While the cause of asthma and migraines remains unknown, there are similarities. Both conditions are affected by the amount of oxygen and blood flow to the brain and lungs. A decrease in oxygen and blood flow may be due to inflammation caused by allergies. There is also a connection to the proper function of the central nervous system and how it affects the entire body.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

One way that a person can ensure the proper function of the central nervous system is to consult an upper cervical chiropractor. Our focus is on making sure that the top bone of the vertebrae is in proper alignment. This bone is called the atlas or C1 vertebra. The atlas is vital because it protects the brain stem.

A misalignment here can hinder communication between the brain and the body. The central nervous system is then unable to perform its job properly, such as regulating blood and oxygen flow. The end result can be migraine headaches.

At Upper Cervical Center of Brandon, we work with our patients to develop a precise, effective treatment plan to get the spine realigned once again. Our patients report a decrease in migraine symptoms sometimes in as little as one adjustment. Some also report that their migraines have gone away entirely.