Is Your Neck Spine the Cause of Your Frequent Headaches?
Living with migraines can be a painful experience that often comes with symptoms like sensitivity to light or sound, nausea, and vomiting. While some may also experience visual disturbances, numbness, tingling, clumsiness, or difficulty communicating. Migraines can be triggered by several factors including stress, fatigue, hunger, diet, hormonal changes, weather changes, and more, but these are not the underlying cause.
According to Dr. Seymour Diamond, who serves as the Executive Director of the National Headache Foundation, recent advances in imaging technology have enabled scientists to identify a possible underlying cause of migraines. It is believed that a malfunctioning brain stem, located in close proximity to the upper neck, can trigger the swelling of blood vessels around the brain, initiating a sequence of events that ultimately leads to the onset of a migraine headache.
Migraine headaches can be caused by a misalignment in the upper cervical spine or neck, which can impact the proper functioning of the brainstem. Upper cervical misalignments can be triggered by a variety of factors, including car accidents, sports injuries, work-related injuries, physical or emotional stress, falls, or even birth trauma.