Totally agree with Mr O'Toole. Interestingly, there is an increasing understanding of the link between the upper cervical spine and the brain stem which may explain why not only is it hard to differentiate from a symptomatic picture, but also that therapeutic intervention aimed at the upper cervical spine, such as spinal manipulative therapy, has a positive effect on these conditions.
So, that being said, I would futher back up his recommendation at getting your spine assessed by a professional in the area.
Classic migraine is triggered most often by changes in hormones or stress, Sometimes women find the OCP helps with this, and for both sexes, aiming to reduce stress is a very important step.. beyond that I have added some things that may assist reduce the stress in your upper neck and reduce that component of stress on the nervous system and neck .
What can you do?
- Take a break and stretch every 30 minutes to one hour if you spend a large amount of time in one fixed position, such as in front of a computer, typing or reading. Stretches should be done in a comfortable range of motion.
- Gentle exercise may help relieve the pain associated with primary headaches. Avoid high impact exercise if you are prone to dull throbbing headaches.
- Avoid teeth clenching or grinding. The upper teeth should never touch the lower teeth, except when swallowing. This results in stress at the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) - the two joints that connect your jaw to your skull - leading to TMJ irritation and a form of tension headaches. If your unconsciously clench, it may be a sign of cranial imbalance. Have your chiropractor check it out.
- Drink at least six glasses of water a day to help avoid dehydration, which can lead to headaches.
What can a Chiropractor do?
After a thorough history and examination process, the Chiropractor will determine what your headache triggers are. They will then utilise some of the follow; each case is individual but this is a rough guide.
- Perform chiropractic adjustments (there are many different types; your Chiropractor will tailor a specific type for you) to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system. At our practice we offer a non torsional method of adjusting the spine.
- Provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of specific supplements.
- Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques.
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