Overextending the Neck Muscles could Lead to Migraines
Previously on this blog we looked at how a misalignment of the Atlas Vertebra can affect your cerebral blood flow and the amount of cerebrospinal fluid your brain and spine receive. To review, receiving the incorrect flow of the blood or cerebrospinal fluids can lead to Migraines. In this article, we will explore possible reasons that caused that misalignment.
Auto Accidents and Migraines
There is no conclusive research showing a definitive cause of migraines, and there may be more than one cause. Though, if you were in a car accident, sustained a sports injury, had a recent fall, or experienced any other type of injury to the head or neck, your migraines may be due to a misalignment of the the Atlas Vertebra.
Now, you might be thinking that even though you recently sustained an injury to the head, neck, or upper back you are fine because you don’t experience migraines. The truth is they may not develop until months or years after the injury. It only takes a rear-end impact from a vehicle moving at 5 MPH to cause whiplash, and that overextension of your neck muscles, and that injury may manifest itself as Migraine headaches months or years after the impact.
Migraines and Your Birth
Perhaps, you weren’t in a recent auto accident or any other possible whiplash inducing accident. Maybe you’ve suffered from migraines for your entire life. It is possible that your migraines may be due to a head or neck injury sustain during your birth. If you were delivered by c-section, if the doctor had to use forceps, or if your neck was injured at all during the delivery, you most likely sustained an injury to your upper neck.
Whether your migraines are due to an injury you sustained as a result of an accident or during your birth, the misalignment of your upper cervical spine causes an irritation to your nervous system. While it may not manifest itself in the form of migraines and headaches until months or years after your injury, and it is possible it may never manifest itself as such, it is important that you see an upper cervical specialist and not risk this deterioration of your health.
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Dr. Craig Lapenski and Dr. Martha Schenk of Advanced Spinal Care, in Graham, Washington are your Graham NUCCA Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Puyallup, Tacoma, Olympia, and Sumner. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, vertigo, neck and back pain, and more. More information can be found on our website at http://www.nuccawashington.com/