Migraines are severe recurring headaches caused by changes in the brain and surrounding vasculature that supplies the brain. There are two types of migraines: with aura and without aura. Aura typically involves visual, olfactory, and other sensory symptoms that accompany the migraine. Migraines are more common in females than males, and often coincide with the hormonal fluctuations experienced with menstrual cycles. Other triggers for migraines include upper cervical spine subluxations, high stress, and foods/beverages that have high Tyramine content (some examples include red wine, chocolate, cheese, beer, caffeinated beverages). This is because Tyramine causes vasoconstriction of blood vessels, therefore reducing blood flow and increasing blood pressure.
How can Chiropractic help?
Chiropractic adjustments to the upper cervical region of the spine (C1/C2) are extremely effective at relieving migraines. This is because the Vertebral Artery travels up the neck to the brain through the cervical vertebrae. Misalignments in the upper cervical region can pinch on the Vertebral Artery reducing the blood flow. By correcting the misalignment, the blood flow is restored and the headache is relieved.