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1 Sep 2015

A New Hope For Migraine Sufferers

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If you have ever suffered from migraines, then you know just how debilitating they can be.  Besides the intense pain they cause, migraines will interfere with every aspect of your life.  And many don’t realize that 80% of chronic migraine sufferers will have a stroke at some point in their life.  Unfortunately, up until this point there hasn’t been much help or relief from the condition.  The current treatment includes pain medication, anti-depressants, and now botox injections.  While these methods may reduce the suffering of the patient, they are only temporary and do not get to the real cause of the migraines.  However, with new research from both the medical and chiropractic community, hope may finally be here for long time sufferers.

Dr. Scott Rosa, an Upper Cervical Chiropractor, has been conducting research with Dr. Raymond Damadian, medical doctor and inventor of the MRI, and what they have discovered is simply amazing.  By using upright MRI’s, and CSF studies, they two believe they have found one of the major causes of migraine headaches.

Everyday your brain is making about 500 cc’s of spinal fluid that acts kind of like the blood for the brain and spinal cord.  Once this fluid is made in the brain, it is transferred out of the skull, down the spinal cord, all the way down your spine, where it finally gets pumped back up to the brain.  This fluid is very important as it delivers essential nutrients to your central nervous system.  Dr. Rosa’s research is showing that when someone is involved with a head-neck injury, such as a whiplash, the top vertebra of the neck, called the Atlas, or C1, will twist out of alignment.  When this happens, due to its attachments to the brain, it will literally pull the cerebellum partially through the skull.  The spinal fluid will then not be able to escape the brain, resulting in a backflow of spinal fluid.  This backflow will cause swelling and will eventually crush the small blood vessels of the brain, resulting in a migraine headache.

Dr. Rosa and Dr. Damadian have provided studies with images to show how the upper neck misalignment is affecting the flow of spinal fluid as well as blood flow.  What is more impressive is that Dr. Rosa has also provided images after adjusting the upper neck that shows a complete reversal of the condition.  Dr. Damadian has even stated publically that adjusting the atlas (C1) is a missing link in health care.  While chiropractors have always had great success with migraine sufferers, this new research can pinpoint the exact reason why.

The upper cervical spine (upper neck) is one of the most complicated areas in the entire body.  While almost all chiropractors adjust the upper neck, there are a group of chiropractors who specialize in adjusting the atlas and are commonly known as “Upper Cervical Chiropractors.”  Typically, when an upper cervical chiropractor adjusts your neck, there is no twisting, popping, or turning of the neck.  They use advanced imaging to assure a specific adjustment that will hold in place.   It is a very gentle and safe procedure that has changed many lives.