Migraine headaches are among the most debilitating and dreadful neurological problems that exist. They may not be fatal, but the effect on someone’s quality of life can be dramatic. Imagine having days where the sight of light cripples you. Imagine having terrible nausea, and a constant pounding in your head so bad that you wish that someone would just cut the darn thing off your neck. Imagine that pain lasting for hours or even days at a time.
You probably already know that feeling, and you’ve almost certainly been in the same room as someone going through a migraine attack. Fortunately, most people experience a migraine on rare occasion. However, there are those among us that experience these terrible headaches several times a month, and others even experience them on a DAILY basis.
This is the typical life of a chronic migraine patient in my office. If you are a chronic headache patient you have probably seen several headache specialists. You have probably seen the best neurologists that the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic have to offer, and have been through every MRI and brain scan available. You’ve tried several different medication regiments, altered your diets, and spend your life in fear of triggers like meat, wine, and sometimes caffeine.
You may have even tried alternative therapies like accupuncture and conventional chiropractic with no change.
When patients finally sit down and speak with me, they’ve usually been suffering for years. They are burned out from trying to find an answer to their headaches and they’re skeptical that anything can ever help. After all, if the best headache specialists in the world couldn’t cure them, who can?
Less Focus on Cure,
More Focus on Cause
When most people walk into a doctor’s office with an ailment, what they are most often searching for is a cure. Though migraines are terribly common, and have been around for centuries, a cure has been elusive for the millions of patients suffering on a daily basis.
Cures have mainly focused on medication treatment. There’s no doubt that medications have helped millions of people.
However, there are many more like you that suffer daily, and medications have actually made you worse through rebound headaches.
While medications can be effective in making some of the pain and symptoms go away, it often ignores what is CAUSING the condition for a chronic headache sufferer.
The Cause that Most Doctors Miss
If you have been to multiple specialists and still suffer with chronic headaches, then it usually means that the doctor might not be looking at the cause of the problem. The most common area that most doctors miss is the very top of the neck just underneath the skull. This area is called the craniocervical junction.
When the head shifts abnormally on top of the neck, it can affect the way spinal fluid moves in your brain. This spinal fluid is responsible for maintaining a constant pressure in the brain as well as clearing toxic proteins that are a result of normal brain metabolism.
When fluid circulates abnormally in the brain, it can change the amount of pressure in the skull and it can allow inflammation to linger in the brain. This combination of abnormal fluid movement and inflammation is a known trigger for headaches, but is missed in most conventional exam and imaging.
While drugs can shut the pain off, you cannot fight a mechanical problem by putting chemicals into the body. If you want to fix the problem, you have to fix the cause which is the abnormal positioning of the head and neck.
In our office we utilize the NUCCA procedure for Structural Correction. It involves utilizing a lot of precision instead of a lot of force. When you use a lot of precision, you can be very exacting which means you don’t need to have your neck cracked, popped, or manipulated to get the desired result.
When the head gets repositioned, it opens the vessels and channels necessary to allow for spinal fluid to move normally again. This allows the brain to drain properly and the body to function normally again.
Because while headaches are one of the most common ailments we know of, it is never a sign of normal function.
Dr. Jonathan Chung is a Doctor of Chiropractic who focuses on Structural Correction and is primarily concerned with Structural Shifts of the spine. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Microbiology and Molecular Biology.
Dr. Chung then went on and received his doctorate from Life University’s College of Chiropractic.
Dr. Chung is certified in pediatrics from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, and is a Structural Chiropractic Researcher who has been published in scientific peer-reviewed journals. Read more from Dr. Chung at chiropractorwellington.com/blog
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